Thursday 28 November 2019
Lucien Favre's struggle for his work at Borussia Dortmund is about to end. After the clear defeat in the Champions League against FC Barcelona, the Swiss must Saturday in his destiny – against the comeback Jürgen Klinsmann.
Three hours before the start of the game, the mood was relaxed. Borussia Dortmund fans sang warmly on the subway: "Every time Borussia plays, the curve is behind you, so you're never alone, Borussia BVB". More than 5,000 fans in black and yellow had accompanied their club in the Catalan metropolis, for the BVB it was a ceremony, never before the listed football club had competed in a Champions League match in the famous Camp Nou, it only had the European Super Cup in 1998 Borussia handed over its business card to the 26 year old Spanish champion.
So it was time again for a date with the World Club. And even after the well-deserved 1: 3 defeat of the fifth day of the Champions League, many Dortmunders will have fallen asleep with a smile. You can tell your children and grandchildren to watch Lionel Messi play soccer. The Argentine has completed its 700th match for FC Barcelona, it is still a feast for the eyes to see the most gifted player on the planet caressing the ball.
targets: 1: 0 Suarez (29), 2: 0 Messi (33), 3: 0 Griezmann (67), 3: 1 Sancho (77.)
FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Roberto, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo – Busquets – Rakitic (78th Vidal), de Jong – Messi, Suarez, Dembele (26th Griezmann) – Coach: Valverde
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek (76th Zagadou), Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Weigl, Witsel – Hakimi, Reus, Schulz (46th Sancho) – Brandt – Coach: Favre
referee: Clement Turpin (France)
viewers: 90.071 at the Camp Nou
Messi scored the goals for Luis Suarez (29 & # 39) and Antoine Griezmann (67 & # 39;), scoring one (33 & # 39;). When he set the pace with the ball on his foot, a puff crossed the Camp Nou filled with 90,000 visitors. Mats Hummels, BVB defender and also 2014 world champion not a lightweight of his guild, has looked at the South American wizard several times rather old. His awe after the final whistle summed up in one sentence: "This is the best player I've ever seen." His coach Lucien Favre says this: "It was fantastic, it moves very well between the lines and if it has the ball and accelerates, it's impossible to stop it, it's just a foul."
Barça is vulnerable, BVB despair
However, the ever fascinating Messi show of FC Barcelona revealed only one side of the coin. The other showed a fairly vulnerable team in the back. But to ceaselessly expose Barça's weaknesses in the backward movement, Borussia would have to carry on its offensive efforts with much more passion and conviction than the Camp Nou on long stretches. The BVB seems strangely discouraged in these days, the jokes of the last few weeks have obviously left their mark.
Borussia started only when he was left behind with 0: 3 and the opponent took his foot off to play nice football. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki put it briefly: "When Barça changed gear, we created our possibilities."
He continues to torment the district club, which must appear to have been organized for the rest of the season. The managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke officially admitted at the General Assembly on Sunday that his club failed to fill out the current team to sign a second striker close to the Spaniard-prone Paco Alcácer. "We should have signed a second nine," Watzke said and announced that it would improve if the transfer window opened in January.
Favre loses its sovereignty
Until then, he must contact the available staff. And this is hard to put the undisputed potential on the turf. The coach is not always sovereign. Even during the press conference after the catastrophe strictly prevented against SC Paderborn (3: 3) last Friday, Lucien Favre had pointed out that he was always ahead of his team. But now, a few days later, he turned away from it and counted his young Jadon Sancho, who had recently been clearly visible from a weakness for arrogance and apathy, publicly. Asked why the English player is not playing, Favre said he could only use players "focused and ready on the field".
A resounding slap in the face for someone who wasn't up to date with his head. Undoubtedly, in the autumn of the year, the tone of Borussia Dortmund is noticeably rougher. While Sancho then arrived in the second half for national player Nico Schulz, once again completely unwell, he was the best player on his team. Sancho scored the consolation goal (77.) and fell at the bar with a nice shot.
All in all, it was not enough to take something from the Catalan capital. "We don't have it in our hands now," said Mats Hummels. In fact, a victory in the last group match against Slavia Prague is not enough to enter the group of 16, when Inter wins their home game against the Spaniards, who are already qualified as winners of the group. If Favre still has the responsibility of the team, he still has to prove.
The Saturday match at Hertha BSC and their new coach Jürgen Klinsmann become a destiny match for the Swiss. The ultimatum that Watzke has recently communicated to club members is no different. Favre is condemned to victory in the capital to save his work. Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensing team, formulated the current situation: "We know how important the Bundesliga is for us, we urgently need to get back on track in Berlin." And Michael Zorc said: "So we want to do the turnaround and connect to the top spots". More pressure is not possible.