Heavy was over the Dortmund expedition, as the team left Camp Nou after 1: 3 at FC Barcelona. Lucien Favre, the coach, spoke slowly and recently, the press conference took only four minutes: "It is very difficult to play here," he said, and in general: "This is a very difficult group."
In fact it is now difficult to move to the round of 16 of the Champions League for BVB. Since the direct duel with the Inter has been lost despite the brilliant 3: 2 three weeks ago (0: 2 away) and both clubs tied, Dortmund against Slavia Prague must create a better result of the Inter Milan against Barça. But the Catalans are already winners of the group and are heading to Milan in a series of heavy league matches, they will probably turn, maybe Lionel Messi will take a break and are still struggling to win somewhere. So it could be the Europa League, but maybe it doesn't matter at the moment, in what competition the BVB is playing. Maybe he just needs to learn again to be an excellence team.
It is a club team with one of the highest budgets in European football and the recently announced claim to play the title in the Bundesliga. The experienced representatives of such a team should after a fortuitous evening actually not like Mats Hummels to say that such a defeat "can already happen in Barcelona". Or that "nothing happened, for which we must be ashamed". Although he may not be entirely wrong, he left a depressing impression: that the Borussians were almost happy because they didn't get worse.
Of course, Messi was once again Messi, but for the rest FC Barcelona does not currently have much to do with the miraculous team of the past, German opponents at Camp Nou often split into a single line. The current Barça struggles from one game to another, the reviews are harsh. "This team does not have one of the characteristics of the best teams in the history of the club and cannot be compared to the most respectable teams in Europe": the largest Spanish newspaper "El País" did not analyze Borussia Dortmund before the match. But FC Barcelona.
Against this Barcelona, Dortmund did not appear at any stage during his first visit to the Camp Nou in this millennium, as if he believed in only one possibility. Unlike Inter, who dominated here with an aggressive first-half counterattack, before Messi and Luis Suárez the game turned into 2: 1. Unlike Slavia, who made a ruthless draw with an effort consistent team – 0: 0. Both opponents brought with them what Dortmund lacked: attitude, personality and a coherent idea of what they wanted to do. In a BVB with four field defenders and the most dangerous player, Jadon Sancho, initially only on the bench, this was not obvious.
Too many crises for a high-level club
Anyone with Jürgen Klopp or Thomas Tuchel's ever-competitive European BVB in mind could only wonder. Dortmund has become a strangely amorphous team. Undefined, unstable. Last season, he won his group in the Champions League ahead of Atlético Madrid, so he lost twice in the knockout stages against Tottenham. But already in the last year of Klopp they were partly in last place in the standings. Since then, too many changes of coach, player and strategy (young, veteran) seem to increase rashes. There seems to be a lack of conviction beyond the results, a strong idea, a bottom underfoot, which would also lead to crisis situations in which the team surprisingly often surprisingly unusually fast, at least for a high-level club.
Dortmund did not have to be ashamed of Wednesday, but gave Barcelona the first simple Champions League evening of the season. After 2: 0, Messi walked so relaxed on the square that he used his selective interventions mainly for a rehabilitation program for Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman had admitted his problems with his colleague and lack of self-confidence before the game. Now it has been moved by Messi until it finally fired 3: 0. The fact that the BVB determined the game, reached a consolation of Sancho and in the last few minutes still to a stroke beaten by the English, it was also significantly due to the invitation of the opponent. "They then changed gear," goalkeeper Roman Bürki admitted.
Perhaps the endearing end is still enough for a not so bad feeling before Saturday's Hertha BSC game with new coach Jürgen Klinsmann, Favre's much vaunted final work. "The turnaround in the Bundesliga" now wants manager Michael Zorc. But if you put things in perspective after the long-awaited and then so heroic trip to Barcelona, then Borussia Dortmund is probably more than just a boom.
FC Barcelona – Borussia Dortmund 3: 1 (2: 0)
1: 0 Suárez (29)
2: 0 Messi (32 °)
3: 0 Griezmann (67)
Sancho 3: 1 (77.)
Barcelona: ter Stegen – Roberto, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo – Rakitic (78th Vidal), Busquets, de Jong – Messi, Suárez (90th + 1 Wagué), Dembélé (26th Griezmann)
BVB: Bürki – Piszczek (76th Zagadou), Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Weigl (85th idol), Witsel – Hakimi, Brandt, Schulz (46th Sancho) – Reus
referee: Turpin (France)
Yellow cards: Messi, Busquets – Guerreiro