“Excessive baggage”. BVB winter break in crisis mode – sports news on ice hockey, winter sports and more

BVB face an awkward World Cup break after two away defeats in four days. The growing gap between aspiration and reality is giving rise to discussions about the quality of the team.

The coach is defeated, the team is out of shape and the club leaders need an explanation. “Borussia” Dortmund. the long winter break in crisis mode is upon us.

2 o’clock in Mönchengladbach. 4 (2: 3) after the sports oath of disclosure and falling from the ranks of the Champions League, the peace in the company is seriously disturbed. Contrary to the usual market mechanisms, however, football coach Edin Terzic does not give a hand. “He’s doing a great job. We are 100% sure of him,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Bild TV on Sunday.

The head of BVB expressed hope that Marco Rose’s successor will stay for a long time. “Let the guy do it, he still has a long time ahead of him at BVB, whether he’s three or six points less than his predecessor. ”

But 0-2 at Wolfsburg and 2-4 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in four days left a powerful impression on all involved. Sebastian Kell’s expression of anguish after the final whistle on Friday was profound. With a halting voice and unusually long pauses in speaking, the athletic director struggled for the right words to explain the desolate performance. “It’s far from what we’re aiming for. It’s clear that this will give us a couple of weeks.”

we aretype minus”

National football player Julian Brandt reacted no less depressed to the second bitter away defeat at the wrong time. “It hurts a lot when you lose before winter break. That’s too much baggage. For me, it’s my own fault, absolute incompetence.” Coach Terzic also did not hide his disappointment. “You don’t despair, but you’re just very disappointed. Now we have a deficit to fill. We don’t start from scratch, we start from scratch. minus”.

After 15 matchdays with more shadows than light, little remains of the spirit of optimism that surrounded the return of self-confessed BVB fan Terzic as head coach last summer. After all, the team is six points worse than last season under Marco Rose and has already suffered six defeats.

Athletic director Kell sees a great need for action. “Losing in the last two games is impossible. We will analyze it ruthlessly in internal affairs. There are some issues to work on.”

A long list of shortcomings raises doubts

A long list of shortcomings raises doubts about whether the squad has the quality required for a top-four finish this season. BVB once again exposed serious defensive problems in Gladbach and were well served by goals conceded by Jonas Hoffmann (4th), Rami Bensebaini (26th), Marcus Thuram (30th) and Kwadio Kone (46th).

The defense should be stabilized with the acquisition of two national defenders Niklas Sule and Niko Schlotterbeck. “I don’t understand, it can’t be explained, if we defend like that, you can’t be successful,” Kehl complained. Brandt also looked helpless.

But the offensive balance is not worthy of a title contender. Lightning-quick but still injury-free Donnell Mullen has not caught on in his second year at Dortmund. Additionally, rookies Kareem Adeyemi and Anthony Modeste have been well below expectations for weeks. The fact that BVB are still struggling in both the cup and the Champions League can only narrow the growing gap between aspirations and reality to a limited extent.

The return of the wounded gives hope

The return of injured specialists such as Marco Reus, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thomas Meunier or Jamie Baino-Gitens, expected in January, could help make up for the deficit. “Hopefully, we will create new options with this or that player who will return. And then we have to attack again,” Kel demanded.

Despite all the complaints about the failed final sprint before the winter break, Watzke does not doubt the impact of the team. Photo will be on matchday 34.”

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