- Borussia Dortmund comes in bottom of the table 1. FC Nuremberg not above a 0-0.
- The fight for the title is now balanced again. Only three points separate Dortmund from the pursuers FC Bayern.
- Meanwhile, the previously so strong Dortmund offensive suffers: Alone Mario Götze fails several times at Nuremberg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia.
It does not often happen that ordinary football games raise far-reaching questions, but after about half an hour between 1. FC Nuremberg and Borussia Dortmund on Monday evening it was time. Nuremberg captain Hanno Behrens jumped in the penalty area in the Dortmund penalty area. You do not get too close to Behrens when you call him a regular Bundesliga footballer, and that is worth mentioning because he moved very undisturbed between defenders who claim to be exceptional. Nevertheless, Behrens nearly hit the ball, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki parried. A few seconds later, after the adjoining corner, Behrens again headed for goal, this time over.
The far-reaching question that raised this was: Can this be the defense of the next German master? The answer after a game that ended 0-0 was: Well. The fight for the title is now balanced again. It had been expected with reasonable excitement prior to the match how the championship leader would react to the first frustrating weeks of a season of successful and aesthetic football. Dortmund had never won in the previous four competitive games, including a 0-3 in Tottenham, which will probably mean the retirement from the Champions League, as well as the end in the DFB Cup against Bremen. Now the FC Bayern, in the meantime distanced to nine points, moved back in the table on three points.
Dortmund's overall 15th version of a back four
Coach Lucien Favre initially reacted with four changes in the starting eleven. The most surprising: Marius Wolf played for Achraf Hakimi right back in the back four and in fact only for the fourth time this season from the start. Dortmund had conceded three goals three times in a row, after the game against Bremen and the defeat in London in 3: 3 against Hoffenheim even in the final quarter hour. Twice the Moroccan Hakimi, actually one of the outstanding footballers of this Bundesliga season, did not look happy. In addition to Wolf defended Dan Axel Zagadou, Julian Weigl and on the left Abdou Diallo. It was the 15th version of a back four that Favre tried out this season.
"We expect players to continue playing the same way as before, but with more patience," Favre had responded to when asked about a return on earnings solution. And indeed, the game for the BVB from the beginning to an exam in patience and concentration. The club had indeed dismissed in the previous week after the crash on rank 18 Sport Board Andreas Bornemann and coach Michael Köllner, as interim coach Boris Schommers has taken over, previously Köllner's assistant. He had announced he would work more against than with the ball, but he wanted to take pin-pricks, so counterattack. On the pitch, it looked as if Dortmund had possession 80 percent of possession after just ten minutes and could still focus on the ball in the other half. Nuremberg defended with two deep back fours in 4-1-4-1. The two heads from Behrens and a long-range shot by Matheus Pereira remained the only Nuremberg scoring chances.
Götze fails in private duel to Mathenia
The mood was unfamiliar for a Bundesliga match, but this had nothing to do with the sporting events, but only with the day of the week. In the first Monday game of the second half of the Ultras protested against the unprecedented in traveling fans kick-off time by mostly silent and – in the case of the Nuremberg – meantime whistled, insulted the German Football Association and numerous white finger fingers stretched on black banners in the air and at Dortmund corner balls threw small black balls on the lawn. Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, who has probably never seen anything like this in England, threw a tennis ball back shortly before the break. For the first time this evening the Dortmund frustration was very clearly visible.
The offensive to Sancho is indeed not noticed even in the weak games as a problematic team part. But there are also problems, especially the thigh injury of Marco Reus. The first chances had Dortmund after more than half an hour when Mario Götze failed three times in a row at Nuremberg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia. The last when substitute Paco Alcácer missed in the 86th minute.
It stayed 0-0. Matthias Sammer, an expert on the TV channel Eurosport and since this season consultant to the BVB board, said in recent days, something about the situation in Dortmund: "In between you have to simplicity, compactness and total discipline, to common cause and sometimes merciless defenses return. " This requirement has met the Borussia on Monday. But it can be assumed that Sammer has not necessarily spoken of games against the bottom of the table.