3 talking points from the entertaining clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Der Klassiker, as the game is commonly known these days lived up to the expectations, and provided a great spectacle to football fans, with the game being very open, and both teams creating a ton of chances. Dortmund put up a valiant effort against the German Champions, Bayern Munich, but they, unfortunately, failed to put away a few of their chances combined with unlucky mistakes.
Let us take a look at 3 talking points from the closely contested game:
Dortmund’s Lineup In The Midfield
Let us start with what could have been done differently right from the outset, which is the team lineup. A midfield pairing of Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney was preferred, as compared to the partnership of Witsel and Mahmoud Dahoud which was used over the last few games and was very successful.
This was presumably done to provide more defensive solidity, but unfortunately, it lead to having no creativity going forward.
Dahoud, who has been instrumental over the last few games for Dortmund, linking the midfield and attack, was left out and did not even make an appearance off the bench.
Also, the youngster Reyna was preferred over Hazard. Although the American did not have a bad game, Hazard has the big-game experience, and also brings more to the table in terms of overall ability
Dortmund Have The Potential To Beat The World’s Best
This game also was a great demonstration of the fact that Dortmund has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Bavarian side.
Although Die Borussen ended up losing the game, they cannot be faulted for a lack of effort. They kept pushing forward and created a lot of good chances. This is clearly evident by the fact that they posted an xG(Expected Goals) of 2.4 as compared to the Bavarian outfit’s 1.52.
Had Dortmund been more clinical with the chances they created, the result could have easily gone in favor of them.
Promising Defense Despite Conceding 3 Goals
The German giant’s defense was pretty solid on the day too. This may sound pretty strange to say on a day in which they conceded three goals, but some of the goals were pretty unfortunate ones, like the huge deflection on Alaba’s effort for the first goal.
Overall, Dortmund’s defense was pretty solid. Meunier had a good game, along with the center backs. The standout performer of the defense though was Raphael Guerreiro. The Portuguese had a great game providing both of the assists for the Dortmund goals and also was defensively solid. He continues to be one of the most underrated left-backs in world football.
If the backline continues performing at the same level for the course of the season, Dortmund will have a great chance at the title.
Overall, this was a great game for neutral spectators and Dortmund fans alike, as it showed that we may have an exciting Bundesliga title race this year. It remains to be seen who will emerge on top at the end of the season, but all signs point to it going right down to the wire.
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