Berlin (dpa) – The pain of the bitter setback was followed by frustration at the missed opportunity.
Because Borussia Dortmund could have gotten closer to the opponents due to the loss of points by the leaders Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. Would have. The table situation is annoying at the moment. “But that is not our topic at the moment,” said new coach Edin Terzic.
After the first defeat in the second game after the leave of his ex-boss Lucien Favre, the 38-year-old footballer had to watch on TV while the competition sometimes moved further away. After the 13th match day, Borussia is already eight points behind leader FC Bayern. Terzic now needs to do some psychological development work: “We want to reinvigorate confidence in the team.”
A new withdrawal on Tuesday in the DFB Cup at second division team Eintracht Braunschweig would certainly spoil the holidays for the BVB stars. Even after the 1: 2 with the brave underdog 1. FC Union, BVB has to drag a lot of shortages into the new year. “You can’t get it all out with just a few training sessions,” said Mats Hummels, adding, “We’ve now given up two games out of the last five because of the standards. It’s a disaster.”
The ex-world champion spoke of a different “spirit on the field” under Favre’s successor Edin Terzic. And goalkeeper Roman Bürki said: “The whole atmosphere is different. There is a lot of atmosphere in there, even in the dressing room, that’s something new.” But Hummels lacked the absolute will to win in the crucial situations in the fan-empty stadium An der Alten Försterei. And the Swiss goalkeeper stressed: “In some situations, some players need someone to light a fire under their buttocks.”
Above all, the anger at the way in which the 1: 2 bankruptcy took place among the ironists, who were still amazed, was great. The new head coach had several times warned in detail about the special power of 1. FC Union – and then the Borussia conceded two goals: corner, header, goal. “We cannot give our opponents goals so easily, then you lose too often in the Bundesliga,” warned veteran Hummels. BVB sports director Michael Zorc even spoke in the “WAZ” in defense of “unprofessional behavior”.
First, Union’s loan to Liverpool was led by Taiwo Awoniyi. Then defender Marvin Friedrich was also successful with his head. Favre’s successor, Terzic, also identified other shortages in his team. “We lose the game because of the standards. But of course it was not good in many other things.” The Dortmund team lacked speed on the ball and their own movement, precision and courage.
The youngest Youssoufa Moukoko, who at 16 years and 28 days is now the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, probably showed these virtues. “He did a lot of things well. It was clearly his best game for us,” said Hummels. But Moukoko’s interim compensation ended up being only marginal.
Super talent Moukoko cannot be a savior anyway. The established forces Reus, Hummels and Emre Can or the more experienced young star Jadon Sancho should take on this role. “We have to work on getting him into such situations more often,” said Moukoko’s final strength coach. “He has shown so many good things, but there is still so much room for improvement. We will try to push him as close to the limit as possible.”