Dortmund save their shine for the Champions League

For BvB Dortmund, managing only one point in their last three Bundesliga matches has emphasized some worries and created new concerns as well. Defence is one area, recovering from a terrible showing against Schalke in the Ruhr derby. The continual injury crisis is another, as they are still missing the likes of Marco Reus and Nuri Sahin. Even questions are arising about beloved Juergen Klopp. Fortunately, their wish for a redeeming was met with a comfortable 3-0 road victory against Belgian side Anderlecht, keeping Dortmund on top of Group D with 6 points, as Dortmund continue their successful ’14/15 Champions League that began when they played Arsenal two weeks ago.

The final score was not indicative of a Dortmund showing that could have easily had them winning by 4 or 5 goals. Dortmund began their impressive attack-styled game when Shinji Kagawa, reinserted into the starting 11, fed a beautiful pass to Ciro Immobile in the third minute. From that point until deep into the second half. Dortmund had at least several other excellent opportunities to score, bringing up another concerning question of whether players such as Immobile, Adrian Ramos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can make up for the loss of Robert Lewandowski. Ramos scored the first of his second-half brace in the 69th minute from a Piszczek crossing, Ramos also scored ten minutes later when he easily danced past Anderlecht defenders to make it a three goal lead.

In the end, Dortmund had 9 out of the game’s 10 shots on target. This victory could prove to be an uplift for a side struggling to turn things around in the Bundesliga, or it could prove some people’s thinking that Klopp is saving the best of his side for these Champions League encounters. Regardless, every true football fan wants to see the Yellow and Black reach their full potential this year. Kudos again to the returning Kagawa, who definitely was a pivotal force in their victory.

RSC Anderlecht: Proto – Najar, Mbemba, Nuytinck, Deschacht – Defour, Tielemans – Conté, Praet, Suarez – Mitrovic
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Sokratis, Subotic, Schmelzer – Kehl, Bender – Aubameyang, Kagawa, Großkreutz – Immobile
Substitutions: 46. Acheampong for Conté, 82. Kabasele and Cyriac for Suarez and Mitrovic – 65. Ramos for Großkreutz, 72. Durm for Immobile, 82. Hummels for Bender

Header photo courtesy of Dortmund official website.

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