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From The Guardian:
Borussia Dortmund players apologised face-to-face with incensed fans after the 1-0 defeat at home to 10-man Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Wednesday night.
The embarrassing loss – their first-ever to Augsburg – left Jürgen Klopp’s side, who won the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012, rooted to the bottom of the league after 19 matches this season.
At the final whistle the goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller held out his palms and approached jeering supporters in an attempt to bring some calm. He was seen listening to an irate fan before scaling the perimeter fence in an attempt to speak to a particularly vocal group of supporters.
The central defender and club captain, Mats Hummels, also conversed through the fence with supporters who have seen their team lose 11 times this season. “If one is in this position after 19 games then it would be unacceptable not to have understanding of the fans’ reactions,” Hummels said.
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.