@Livertoolon the far left with the Lidl bag, of course! You often learn something new here...
OK, after sleeping one night, I'm still pissed at the BVB. The only thing that's keeping the floodgates closed right now is the weakness of the other teams. Had Leverkusen held on yesterday, which we gang banged at home, they would lead the table right now. Same for the smurfs! Today teams like Gladbach and Wolfsburg get the chance to lead the league!
It would be great for Gladbach to win and play their next game in Dortmund as the league leader! Currently I see two huge issues with the BVB: Our defense is atrocious and our offense relies too much on individual ability.
On defense, Hummels has been great, not perfect, but he's by far our best man on defense. Right now, we receive 1 goal per game against us at home and 2 per game on the road! If that pace holds on, we're on our way to 51 goals against us. Even with a great offense, that's 15-20 goals too much. The championship teams of Kloppo and Pep always were lingering around 20, give or take, goals against them per season.
We started every freaking game in the 4-2-3-1 formation. It changes a little bit on defense, but you get the point. So Hummels is having a great year, the game plan is not too risky, hmmmmmm, what else could be wrong?
I checked up the numbers due to a suspicion! Manuel Akanji played 43 games so far for the BVB in the Bundesliga, he started his last 42 and has played every minute except once when he had to leave due to his hip injury late last year! So he basically is the main part of the BVB defense over the last 18 months. Since he came back from his hip injury in early 2019, he played every minute and started 19 Bundesliga games in a row. All in all, we conceded 31 goals in these games! 1,63 goals per game, on the pace for 55 goals against us. With just 4 shutouts!
So yeah, it's not just the eyeball test that tells me that Akanji has to be replaced, yet he played every minute so far this year!
On offense, this year starts to remind me of Tuchel's last season when Dembele emerged. In the end, the games were incredibly boring to watch and we relied on Dembele's genius to win us games (like in the Cup final 2017). This year, just replace Dembele with Sancho. However Sancho is not having a good season so far. He scores and assists due to his individual ability, but that's about it. What happens, when these scorers are not coming could be seen over the last 3 games. Almost no impact from Sancho at all.
Reus was the player of the year last season, this year he's shown little and absolutely nothing over the last few games! NOTHING! Again, the goals are there, however scoring the 3:1 against Augsburg or the 2:0/4:0 against Leverkusen is almost Özil-esque. On the road, Reus has 0 goals and 0 assists in 5 games in the Bundesliga and the UCL so far.
Brandt has been frustrating so far, switching between OK performances (2 assists against Slavia) and games where he cannot even complete 5 meter passes. Yesterday in the first half, he had a wide open header in front of Freiburg's goal that could have made it 2-0 in the first half, yet he totally wasted that opportunity. His defensive effort has been ridiculous for most parts and he's simply not a good winger so far.
Hazard has a weird season as well. When watching the games, he displays a lot of activity with very little to show for. However he's delivering crucial assists game after game: To the 1:1 in Köln, the 1:0 against Frankfurt and Freiburg and the 2:1 against Bremen!
Actually our best one on offense has been Hakimi! But again, his goals were caused by supreme individual ability, not by Favre's system.
Favre should have acted long ago, giving Reus a rest or place him on the left wing and start Brandt/Götze behind Alcacer and see how it goes. I cannot believe that the guys in charge are not seeing these obvious aspects...
I would like to say something about Lidl and far left but better do it off topic so i don't get thread police on my tail. Already mixed ice hockey with bl so i don't want to push my luck
Freiburg and Schalke must hope that other top teams go as far as possible in euro leagues. Weekends after euro matches are ofter quite difficult for them, especially cl matches, in el not so much as usually rotate more and no-one even cares about that competition too much.
And ofc Leverkusen are waiting that Pohjanpalo is in full fit, then they are really dangerous
I cannot believe that the guys in charge are not seeing these obvious aspects...
They probably don't know how to find transfermarkt.com
The funny part is, they are all aware of tm.de. Of course not as their main source of info (at least I hope so ), but in order to get a quick overview, why not? It's like the wikipedia of scouting! During the amazon docu about the BVB, our main scout had it open on his computer and one of Gladbach's new staffers even posted over there.
My point with Akanji is, that everybody can see, that his performance is not ideal! However this is a competitive sport and at a certain point you cannot drag on the dead weight much longer. That's unfair to the other guys on the roster. Zagadou has been pulled from the starting line-up after the desaster in Munich 6 months ago. Fair enough! Since then he received 39 minutes in 13 Bundesliga matches in total.
The other young player they're holding back is Balerdi, who played well during the preseason and might play his first pro game at the Westfalenstadion this Wednesday when Argentina shows up for a friendly. How insane is that? The BVB identity has always been to give young players a chance, this might be difficult when everything is going well and the stars perform, but that's not the case right now...
I just watched the "highlights" of Freiburg-BVB again. Akanji was responsible for both goals against us and it seems like the German sports media is waking up to that fact as well! kicker grades him as the worst BVB player right now, but guess who never missed a minute so far? I really hope that Leonardo Balerdi gets playing time for Argentina against Germany in Dortmund in two days, thus opening the eyes of that old fool Favre!
It will be really interesting to see how the BVB reacts after the break, our next 3 games are against Gladbach, Inter and the smurfs! After that we get Wolfsburg, Inter again, Gladbach again and Bayern. That's 7 tough games in 3 weeks! If things don't go well during these games, I think we're looking at a new head coach in a month...
But Niko Kovac's odds went down even further!
Really tough to say, before the season, I had an idea that it might be Beierlorzer with Köln, however I'm not so sure. The problem about that bet is, to figure out who leaves FIRST, not just who gets fired.
Personally, I believe with a few changes, the BVB could improve a lot!I think we're defending a little different now during corner kicks, for example. Taking out Akanji, not playing Brandt on the left wing, giving Reus a rest/reposition him on the pitch, giving more playing time to Götze...In addition to that, unless Favre quits himself (again), he's almost guaranteed to keep the job until the Bayern game. That's too long for this kind of bet...
Unless Favre turns around this season, he's gone in the summer, that's what I believe in.
My oh my, Watzke has done a lot of great things for the BVB, but there's not one camera/microphone he doesn't like...At least Kloppo was presenting the book with him yesterday! So if he wins the PL this year, everybody involved can start on planning how to bring him back...