Everyone knows that it will happen. If it is, then, to the extent that it complains anyway. During the summer, that is. He seemed to be in this year are endless. Then came the dull days, the rain, the cold.

At Borussia Dortmund in the summer, ended six days before Christmas eve. That was no prediction. Against Mönchengladbach, maybe, three days before Christmas eve. But at home in the League and relegation candidate Fortuna Düsseldorf?

“It is difficult to accept,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre after the 1:2-defeat, “but that is football.”


Six of the victories were in a row in the Bundesliga in the late summer for the BVB, who stretched his lead in the table thus, to nine points. “Whether it’s nine points lead, six or three, I don’t care,” said Marco Reus on the question of whether he concern now is that after the game against the other Borussia, only three dots left could remain.

The Dortmund captain was in the Arena on the Rhine, to all that wanted to have an explanation for the surprising defeat. He also delivered a, the sound for an observer in a convincing: “We need to be on the greedy,” said Reus. “Düsseldorf has provided us all. All in All, it was too little.”

The momentum forward in the game, the momentum, the Tempo was very poorly equipped, according to the many English weeks to the Fresh. Favre has had to counteract. He introduced players in the starting line-up, the goods last loaded, less what had led in the Champions League at AS Monaco, a sovereign success. Favre’s Problem is: These players, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic, are in a significantly weaker Form than Raphaël Guerreiro, Paco Alcácer and Jadon Sancho.

Only one Central defender left

Favre defended his personnel decisions. The program with the English weeks in the series to leave only such rotations. The question of whether he regrets the decision for a renewed Offensive, which remained terribly harmless, replied to Favre, rugged. It was shown Yes, what happens with players, the need to emergence of high frequency: “you are now injured.”

to shoot These players have, but primarily a very different job than gates. Manuel Akanji has been substituted with a Groin problem at the break, and Abdou Diallo is likely to be missing against Gladbach. In the case of Diallo, the is very likely, because Favre spoke of a “strain” in French. There’s also Dan-Axel Zagadou goes down, with Ömer Toprak just a complaint-free interior defenders in the squad. BVB floated a long time, now he drags himself to the last game of the year.

on Friday, it goes against Gladbach. “I’m sure we will be there to show a different face,” said Reus, who despite all the praise for the Fortuna (“It was a completely deserved victory. You have already shown previously that you have a good team.”) also a little annoyed tactic of the opponent was from the dusty as well as effective. “I don’t know now, how my name was against players, but would follow me anywhere,” he complained about the man coverage. Most of the time it was Marcel Sobottka, who took care of after a long injury break, touching the captain of Borussia Dortmund.

man marking for the Central figure in the offensive game to the table leader, and two density of chains in front of the goalkeeper, who had a simple job you to implement outstanding: space run short, Ball conquer, in order to Dodi Lukebakio. According to this recipe Fortuna scored the goal for 1:0. “We knew how they play. But we can not always avoid,” said Favre. So, how Akanji and Diallo were on a line, it was in the Situation indeed is very difficult. The centre-half-and-Libero-method would probably have been better, even if it is frowned upon in modern football.

A simple concept, with a passion for implemented and disciplined, was sufficient to stop the Dortmund summer. It was just a deep, assured Sebastian Kehl, the head of the franchise Department: “This defeat will not knock it over.”

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