Borussia Dortmund Players Talk To Their Fans After Yet Another Home Loss

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 19 14 4 1 43 9 34 9-1-0 5-3-1 46
VfL Wolfsburg 19 11 5 3 38 19 19 8-2-0 3-3-3 38
Mönchen 19 9 6 4 27 16 11 6-3-1 3-3-3 33
FC Augsburg 19 11 0 8 26 22 4 7-0-2 4-0-6 33
Bayer Leverkusen 19 8 8 3 29 20 9 4-6-0 4-2-3 32
FC Schalke 04 19 9 4 6 30 22 8 6-3-1 3-1-5 31
1899 Hoffenheim 19 7 5 7 31 30 1 5-2-3 2-3-4 26
Hannover 96 19 7 4 8 22 28 -6 5-1-3 2-3-5 25
Eintracht Frankfurt 19 6 6 7 36 39 -3 4-3-3 2-3-4 24
1. FC Köln 19 6 5 8 19 23 -4 1-4-4 5-1-4 23
Werder Bremen 19 6 5 8 30 40 -10 4-3-2 2-2-6 23
FSV Mainz 05 19 4 10 5 25 24 1 3-4-2 1-6-3 22
Hamburger SV 19 5 5 9 12 21 -9 3-2-4 2-3-5 20
SC Paderborn 19 4 7 8 21 34 -13 3-4-3 1-3-5 19
SC Freiburg 19 3 9 7 21 27 -6 2-5-2 1-4-5 18
VfB Stuttgart 19 4 6 9 20 33 -13 1-2-6 3-4-3 18
Hertha BSC Berlin 19 5 3 11 24 38 -14 4-1-5 1-2-6 18
Borussia Dortmund 19 4 4 11 18 27 -9 3-2-4 1-2-7 16

From The Guardian:

What is going on with Borussia Dortmund? After a certain point injuries and bad luck can only explain so much. You have to give the players credit here for being able to see where the fans are coming from but if they understand their fans’ frustration then why can’t they fix it? StatsBomb did a great analysis of how Borussia Dortmund’s stats are the type of stats that would put them in the top half of the league yet they are at the very bottom. Based upon their stats it seems like Borussia Dortmund is facing the perfect storm of bad luck, poor finishing, and debilitating injuries (which included two of their best players, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels). Couple that with the loss of key players such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski  over the past few seasons and it explains a lot of their struggles. But last place? This team has too much talent and too great of a coach to be in last place. It’s almost as though the players themselves have lost faith that they can turn their season around. Last place is unacceptable for a team that has been flying so high these past few seasons. Their recent downturn reminds me of the story of Icarus. They flew too close to the sun, lost their wax wings (Lewandowski and Gotze) which they thought they could replace, and plummeted to the sea. If they get relegated there will be a mass exodus of players from this club and there is no guarantee that they can return to the team they used to be. Dortmund is running out of time to right their ship. Fourth place is out of reach but they need to get out of the relegation zone and get to the summer so they can regroup. Remember, this was a team on the brink of bankruptcy in 2005. They don’t want to face the large financial losses that come with playing in the second division of the Bundesliga.

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