Bvb mentality debate continues: reus is worried

Bvb mentality debate continues: reus is worried

Perhaps the question of a lack of mentality at borussia dortmund is not quite so far-fetched after all. In any case, the players’ performance after the second double point loss of the title candidate within a week leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

"We don’t play like men," said goalkeeper roman burki after the 2-2 (2-1) draw against werder bremen, who were short of substitutes. "Some of the games are really something to behold, but the killer instinct is missing. Sometimes i wish one or the other would throw in a little more aggressiveness," said the swiss player.

Bvb captain marco reus, calm this time, admitted six days after his poble attack in frankfurt: "all in all, there was too little in the second half. We have to take a hard line on this one. We haven’t invested enough to leave the pitch as winners."

The players thus put the debate about mental fitness back on the agenda themselves. Asked about it on sky after the 2:2 in frankfurt, when already there a 2:1 and an important victory was squandered, reus had pobled in gutter jargon: "you guys with your mental slice. The same crap every week."This time, reus spoke in a more moderate tone and confirmed one thing clearly: borussia dortmund has a problem. After all, this is so rough that sporting director michael zorc already had to answer questions about coach lucien favre on the day after the new jolt.

"Sure, we didn’t have a discussion about the coach," zorc told the "ruhr nachrichten" on sunday. Only one win from the past five compulsory games, only eleven points and no more european cup place after six games in the fubball bundesliga — that is not bvb’s ambition. And so zorc also exerted slight pressure despite his backing for favre. "In the next six days, we have two important games in two different competitions, both of which are trend-setting," said zorc ahead of wednesday’s champions league game at slavia prague and the next league game at sc freiburg.

"This is not the start we had hoped for. We had planned for more," burki admitted. "I am worried because we are not winning the games. That’s our top priority," reus admitted. "At the beginning of the season, it’s important to start well and not to lose touch. Now we are already behind, we are in a debt to win the games."

Some had already turned the question of mentality into one of quality. This seems almost absurd in view of the 137 million euros invested before the season for five players. World champion mats hummels, who was sorely missed in the defense against bremen, national player julian brandt and thorgan hazard added proven quality to the already masterfully filled squad.

But whoever asked a little deeper about the "why" of the missing victories, looked into disappointed and frustrated faces, and got no answers. Apart from the hints about the lack of mentality, there was instead a lot of empty phrases. Midfield strategist axel witsel, for example, answered every question in a continuous loop: "we have to work hard and stay positive."The same statement was made by reus before wednesday’s champions league match at slavia prague.

Then the recently strong hummels could return to the defense that was without him. Without the 30-year-old, dortmund had conceded the painful equalizer in frankfurt, and without hummels, goals from mario gotze (9) were also enough against bremen. Minute) and reus (41.) not to win. "We can’t always get two goals. It’s hard to win games like this," criticized lucien favre.

The explanation of the coach for the currently attacking defense, however, was rudimentary. "We concede too many goals. That’s why we are disappointed today, of course", was favre’s answer to that. In dortmund, clear language is currently only available with regard to the difficult situation.

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