Bvb plucks up new courage despite defeat

Bvb plucks up new courage despite defeat

The anger about the new defeat was limited this time. Despite a poor showing in the group stage of the champions league, the dortmund professionals saw the respectable 2:3 (1:2) at real madrid as an encouraging sign.

Not only the very happy qualification for the european league, but also the remarkable reaction to the early 0:2 deficit improved the mood of all involved noticeably. Director nuri sahin spoke plainly with a view to the bundesliga’s final spurt up to the winter break: "we’ll spend the winter in europe with just two points. This is a gift. But there will be no more gifts this year."

Like sahin, peter bosz seemed more relieved than angry. His team’s passable performance in madrid extended the grace period for the criticized coach. Unlike last time, borussia did not collapse after conceding goals, but proved its morale. Thanks to pierre-emerick aubameyang (43./49.), which gave BVB the lead after the early goals of borja mayoral (8.) and cristiano ronaldo (12.) back into the game, even a victory seemed possible in the meantime. "That had to be good for the self-confidence," said bosz, "the players stuck their necks out after the 0:2 and showed some good football."

Sahin concurred: "when you’re down 0:2 after twelve minutes at the bernabeu, it can end very bitterly. It speaks for the character of the team that we then came back."This assessment could not be altered by the third goal by lucas vazquez (81).) nothing else.

It seems that the team’s talk a few days after the memorable 4:4 in the derby, in which BVB squandered a 4:0 lead, has had the desired effect. Sahin is firmly convinced of that: "I don’t know if we would have made it 2:2 without this meeting today. Everyone took this meeting to heart."

Michael zorc would not confirm speculation that the team had decided to move away from the 4-3-3 system stubbornly favored by the coach. "Peter bosz is primarily responsible for the system. I believe that he is talking to one or the other player. But he has the final decision," commented the sports director.

Saturday’s bundesliga home match against werder bremen will show just how far the good intentions have carried them. After only one win in the past twelve compulsory games, a turnaround is to be initiated. "It is not self-evident to play like this in madrid in such a phase. We have to take this idea of football with us," said captain marcel schmelzer.

Like schmelzer, zorc made no bones about his expectations for the game against bremen: "we need another win now. This is imperative so that we get back self-confidence and belief."

Borussia, which has slipped to sixth place in the bundesliga, could find its way back to the champions league with a win. This season, however, it will have to make do with the europe league from now on. For the third time after 1999/2000 and 2001/02, dortmund, third in the preliminary round, has been relegated to this competition. With only two points, however, no team has ever succeeded before.

The opponent for the sixteenth final on 15. And 22. February draw will be made on monday in nyon. As one of the four worst third-place teams in the group, BVB will face either one of the twelve winners of the european league preliminary round groups or one of the four best third-place teams in the konigsklasse. However, a duel with bundesliga rivals RB leipzig is not yet possible in this round. Sahin takes a positive view of the european league: "borussia dortmund has not yet won this competition."

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