Dortmund (AP) – It was a “disaster” for coach Lucien Favre, a “black day” for club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke and a “disgraceful appearance” for captain Marco Reus. Borussia Dortmund stands for a Christmas party in crisis mode.
With a smashing 1: 5 (1: 1) against the newly promoted VfB Stuttgart, the team, which was only a few weeks ago, took leave of the title race for the time being. Concerned about further setbacks in the games until the short winter break, Reus demanded a quick and clear internal discussion. “We have to talk about how we’re going to play the last three games. If we play them like that, we don’t win.”
Given the great helplessness in the match against VfB, the need to speak up seems enormous. Not the favorite from Dortmund, but the brutal underdog from Stuttgart presented a spectacle and demonstrated the BVB in stages with high speed, great willingness to walk and passionate duel. “Stuttgart was superior to us in every way,” said Reus, “so we cannot re-present ourselves.” Just like the captain, Favre also called for reparations on Tuesday (8.30 pm) in Bremen: “We must set an example in the next game.”
However, the footballer’s chance of renewing his contract, which expires at the end of the season, has likely diminished further after the worst debacle in his nearly two and a half year tenure. It cannot be ruled out that the talks with the club management about a common future, which are actually planned for the end of January, will be pushed forward in the event of further setbacks in Bremen, Berlin or Braunschweig – to the detriment of Favre.
Just minutes after the embarrassment, the first analyzes by TV experts gave a taste of the discussions BVB can now expect. “They play as if there are cracks in the team,” Dietmar Hamann said on Sky. Nevertheless, there were also first expressions of solidarity for Favre from the competition. Sports director Max Eberl van Mönchengladbach defended the former foal coach against criticism. “He is still the Dortmund coach with the best points. Therefore it would not be fair if you put everything on Lucien Favre”, he said in the ZDF “Sportstudio”.
Since the failure of striker Erling Haaland, Favre has not found a solution to restore the balance in the Dortmund game. His attempts to try Julian Brandt or Reus as a substitute for the Norwegian goal guarantee have repeatedly proved useless. The fact that Favre adheres to this strategy raises doubts about his work. He is still not convinced of the idea of trying it with the young star Youssoufa Moukoko: “We don’t have to put any pressure on him. He’s 16, we have to be careful.”
The fact that his team only won one point in the past three games against opponents such as Cologne (1: 2), Frankfurt (1: 1) and Stuttgart adds pressure to Favre. With every Stuttgart goal by Silas Wamangituka (26./Foulelfmeter/53.), Philipp Förster (60.), Tanguy Coulibaly (63.) and Nicolas Gonzalez (90. + 1), his expression darkened even more. ‘That does not work. We weren’t there today, ”he complained. Borussia last conceded five goals in a home game in a 1: 5 against Bayern in September 2009.
“We are not a team that can defend,” Reus said of the high number of goals conceded after his own mistakes in the build-up game. This also caused great resentment in Mats Hummels: “Today we cut our own meat every minute.”
The defense chief has already indicated with which arguments he wants to enter into the upcoming debate. The biggest contender for the title, FC Bayern, is still five points behind, but it is certainly not possible to overtake a good game without a consistent duel: “That’s too much skill for me. It’s about being focused and meaningful. play football. ”demanded the 2014 world champion.