Rome (AP) – Even Lucien Favre, who is actually known for his restraint, lost his cool. After Borussia Dortmund’s indisputable 1: 3 (0: 2) performance against Lazio Rome, the footballer felt little need to protect his professionals.
“I didn’t see much good today,” the Swiss complained in the first interview with Sky, “we weren’t there and were not ready to defend together. I’m very disappointed.”
The big false start of the alleged group favorite in the Champions League season caused great disappointment among all involved. Although Favre had spared countless stars in the last league match in 1899 Hoffenheim (1-0), there was a lack of freshness, resistance and willingness to run.
Like Favre, Sebastian Kehl made no secret of his anger: “That was a bleak performance, especially in the first half. There were only a few players who even came close to their performance limits. We can’t do that in the Champions League. To the annoyance of the licensed player boss, the Revierclub is now under great pressure in the upcoming games against Zenit St. Petersburg (October 28) and Club Brugge (November 4). “If we keep performing like this, it will be very difficult for us in the group,” said Kehl.
It was in keeping with the course of a used evening that the former Dortmund Ciro Immobile was celebrated by the opponent as the match winner. The goal to make it 1-0 (6th minute) was scored by the forward, who retired from BVB in the summer of 2015 after only one season, and he prepared the 3-1 for Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (76th). This goal from the Ivorian-French professional took away all hope of damage control from Borussia after the goal of Erling Haaland (71st).
For Borussia, after the 2-0 defeat at Inter Milan, the 3-1-3 in Barcelona and the 2-0 defeat in Paris, it was the fourth consecutive Champions League defeat in all seasons. This shows the persistent lack of maturity in stages of powerful international opponents. “We slept fully through the first half. That is actually inexplicable and of course not our claim. We completely missed everything today,” said captain Marco Reus.
The performance in Rome, which was unworthy of a German runner-up, was not a good preparation for the game against FC Schalke 04 on Saturday. With a similar performance, even the arch-rival without a win for 20 Bundesliga games could become a threat. “We have the derby on the weekend. We have to present ourselves very differently,” said Kehl.