Column Follow-up: Reckoning with the messed up BVB season



For me, Borussia Dortmund is the biggest flop of the season after the relegated team, whose names have not yet been decided! One big disappointment!

The fact that BVB is once again runners-up is more due to the weakness of the Bundesliga. And less on their own strength.

Despite their own slumps, FC Bayern could never be prevented from winning the 10th championship in a row. If Bayern falter, we want to be there – this sentence is now more of a joke than reality.

In the DFB Cup, the embarrassing end came in the round of 16 against second division team St. Pauli.

In the Champions League there were two early victories in a super easy group (with Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas Istanbul), but then the shameful early elimination followed.

In the Europa League they then failed at the Glasgow Rangers with a total of six goals in two games.

The 3:4 home defeat against Bochum on Saturday was like a reflection of the entire season. Erling Haaland scored three goals, they were lucky enough to have two penalties, they were 3-2 up ten minutes before the end – and then Bochum turned the game around after all. With all due respect to the climber – an absurdity!

Two early forecast scenarios have become reality in Dortmund:

At no time during the season was Marco Rose able to prove that he is the right coach for BVB. He failed even more clearly than his predecessors in the task of finally driving out the team’s sloppiness. 50 goals conceded are exactly as many as the penultimate Bielefeld have on their account.

The exit clause (which is extremely questionable for coaches anyway) in the millions with which Dortmund took Rose from Gladbach only produced losers in the end: Gladbach, Dortmund and the coach himself.

And: Haaland did score goals on the assembly line, but it was both a curse and a blessing for the club. When does he pull his release clause? where is he going Has his father been sighted in Spain or England? These questions were often more important than the next game and created a feverish excitement in which no success can thrive.

BVB should realize that release clauses and players who only want to stay two years are not the way to go. It needs more continuity – otherwise there will be no title next year either. No matter how many weaknesses Bayern allow themselves.

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