Borussia Dortmund face an awkward World Cup break away from the Champions League. The runner-up falls far short of his claims.
Hans-Joachim Watzke swallowed his great disappointment for a day and a half, then made a clear statement to the sports management. “I expect,” said the visibly nervous Borussia Dortmund coach on Sunday picture tv“that next week our athletic director and coach will sit down and think about what went wrong and what can be improved.”
A lot went wrong in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-4 (2-3) game, so the mood of the CEO was appropriate. “Until last night I was completely upset, no need to downplay it. The way we played was all guns blazing, how we defended, I’ve rarely experienced that,” complained Watzke.
The runners-up face an awkward World Cup break, outside of the athletically coveted and financially crucial Champions League spots. Leaders Bayern Munich, nine points adrift, are currently only visible in the binoculars marked by Uli Hoeness. “However, “Bavaria” is still not the champion. The settlement will be settled in Game 34,” Watzke said with distaste.
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Watzke is already awaiting the results of the analysis by coach Edin Terzic and sporting director Sebastian Kell during his visit to Asia (November 21 to December 1). “They will definitely tell me what they discussed.”
Terzic already needed to talk after his team’s disastrous defensive performance. After returning from Mönchengladbach, the coach addressed his unstable team late in the evening. Only after this “heavy, honest and direct analysis” did he say goodbye to the national team until the new year with a clear statement: “A lot of work awaits us as a whole team to achieve our goals.”
Kell complained earlier that one was “far from our claim”. “It’s obviously going to give us a few anxious weeks.” The disappointment was also great for BVB’s stars. Gregor Kobel and Mats Hummels went into the dressing room without a word, only a few players showed up. “It’s a wrong feeling,” said Julian Brandt, referring to the long break before the January 22 home game against Augsburg. The second bankruptcy in four days is “too heavy a burden”.
Brandt looks at the fauna
The atmosphere turned a little sour when the team bus was stuck in a traffic jam in the packed parking lot in front of Borussia Park after midnight. However, this gave the players time to reflect on their questionable play. “The Gladbachers” were “invited”, complained Brandt. His wish. “We have to act as a school of fish. If one goes right, everyone must go right. There are a lot of teams that do this very well and are successful at it.”
Little is now working against the ball. With Niklas Sule, Hummels and Nico Schlotterback, the defensive chain is flawed and flawed. The trio could not compete with the strength and speed of the Gladbach team. Until then, Jude Bellingham continued to leave his post, with Emre Can sidelined.
With four goals conceded, Dortmund were still well served. After weeks of relentless hustling in England, the team looked physically and mentally tired.
There isn’t much optimism left after Terzic’s return with 25 points in 15 games. Under the predecessor Marco Rose, the black and yellows were joint second last season with 31 points.
However, Watzke shut down all coaching discussions early on. “We are definitely convinced of him 100 percent, 1000 percent. He is totally respected here, let the boy do it,” said the BVB boss.