The reasons for Borussia Dortmund’s mini-crisis

Borussia Dortmund suffered a 4-2 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday night, their sixth loss in the Bundesliga in 15 games this season, and they have already conceded 21 goals.

BILD have today published a report looking into why BVB are far from where they expected to be under Edin Terzic this season. Dortmund would only lose one of their opening five games in the Bundesliga, a 3-2 defeat against Werder Bremen but it came from a 2-0 lead until a complete capitulation in the 89th minute, conceding the first of three quickfire goals.

They would then concede three against RB Leipzig and FC Köln before a 2-0 defeat against then leaders Union Berlin on October 16. Dortmund looked to be on the rise again with three successive wins but they end their 2022 campaign with successive Bundesliga defeats.

BILD suggest that BVB’s main problem is their defence. Nico Schlotterbeck (22) and Niklas Süle (27), two international players, were brought in to stabilise the defence. It’s also something that annoyed Sebastian Kehl, BVB’s sporting director: “If we defend together like this, we cannot be successful.”

Donyell Malen (23) and Karim Adeyemi (20) have also been in a ‘mega slump’. The duo were bought for a combined €60 million – only one assist between them in the Bundesliga this season and no goals. Emre Can, who earns approximately €11m per year, has also produced sub-par performances.

BILD do recognise Dortmund’s injury crisis. They’re currently without Sébastien Haller, Marco Reus, Mahmoud Dahoud and Jamie-Bynoe Gittens, all of whom have long-term injuries but would play a significant role within the squad when fit.

It’s also worth noting that although Terzic is six points worse than his predecessor at the same stage last season, BVB officials will continue to back their head coach and his future isn’t up for debate.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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