Things are not going well for Borussia Dortmund.
After 16 days of matches, the eight-time German champions were only sixth. In addition to RB Leipzig, BVB must also make way for Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin and SC Freiburg in Bayern’s pursuit. Condition does not do justice to the selfie at Signal Iduna Park. (Data: Bundesliga table)
Of course, the black and yellow misses Erling Haaland, who moved to Manchester City in the summer and has since broken one Premier League record after another. With just 29 goals scored, the ball shrank ten times less into the opposition goal than at the same time last season. (News: Haaland? “It’s getting ridiculous”)
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The fact that Edin Terzic’s team still had attacking power after the Norwegian’s departure was proven in the 4-3 home win against FC Augsburg. In general, the insane exchange of blows with the Fuggerstadt side, where Haaland’s successor Sebastian Haller made his debut after cancer, served as a perfect blueprint for the Dortmund match – for better or for worse. (Data: Bundesliga results)
Too much load on Ozkan?
Attacking, the BVB lit fireworks. In the end, four goals resulted from his 27 shots on goal. However, the fact is that on the other side of the court, the ball also fell into the net three times.
In the defensive midfield, Salih Ozcan was responsible for protection. However, the stats show: Dortmund’s No. 6 does not have the toughness needed to do justice to this role alone. Depending on the data service provider Delta Ozkan has won only 47.8 percent of the duels in his career so far, and in the current season that value has dropped to 44.6 percent.
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Dortmund weakened after losing the ball
Dortmund’s weaknesses after losing the ball became particularly evident. A total of ten goals were conceded after losing a ball by a Dortmund player – a negative league record.
Judd Bellingham was also directly involved in scoring three times by losing possession.
The Englishman loves to engage in attacking play, as he did against Fuggerstadt, when he not only scored 1-0 himself, but also played Giovanni Reyna with a score of 4-3. But the 19-year-old’s attacking drive comes at the expense of defensive stability – especially when he unnecessarily loses possession.
Niko Schloterbeck lost the ball to Dion Bilgeow before Augsburg held a 1-1 draw in the meantime. Before conceding the second goal, Ozkan failed in a duel against Arne Engels, who then played the assist. Then Augsburg goal number 3 started Schlutterbeek again with a poor pass.
“We have the ball before every goal we concede and lose. These are offensive issues. Why did we lose balls? The long line pass by Donyell Mallen.”
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He pleaded with his players: “We just have to help each other better, support more so that we don’t leave the boys one-on-one and they can’t be pressured.”
Although Schloterbeek has been involved with scoring twice, the centre-back, who was transferred from summer club Freiburg, is at the top of the BVB’s internal rankings with 68 per cent of duels won in this category.
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What was also important against Augsburg: with Ermdin Demirovic (goal 2: 2) the guests managed to score only one goal. With Arne Meyer (up to 1:1) and David Colina (up to 3:3) he scored as a midfielder and defender. This is where Dortmund’s next problem comes in.
Midfield worries Dortmund
Terzic’s team is usually in control of the opposing attackers, and Borussia has only conceded six goals from the opposing attackers. No other team has a better record here. (News: All current information about the Bundesliga)
On the other hand, the opposing midfield ranks are allowed to enter the scorers list with great regularity. The midfielder has already celebrated 15 times against BVB – with 63 per cent of all goals conceded. This puts Dortmund in fourth place in this pesky table. Only VfL Bochum, Schalke 04 and newly promoted SV Werder Bremen are most vulnerable in this category.
The data shows that the attacking position of the second is too risky to function without a dominant six. In the past, this position was regularly occupied by strong sweepers. Be it with Sebastian Kehl, now sporting director at BVB, Sven Bender or even Axel Witsel as a stabilizer.
As long as Terzic and his team do not get the hang of this problem, Schlotterbeck, Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels will have to get used to doing more than they would like.
Nor should BVB always count on the fact that it somehow scores more than the opposition – even if such scenes against FC Augsburg can send fans into ecstasy. (Data: Bundesliga table)
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