Relax, it’s just a draw…Dortmund, Darmstadt and the wrong expectation

After 90 minutes against Darmstadt there were both positive and negative impressions last Sunday. Let’s begin with the negative impressions. From the Dortmund point of view there were several negative points that have to be mentioned after two draws in a row against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt.

Two draws in a row

Hoffenheim and Darmstadt were more than just beatable. Hoffenheim had a really good performance and earned their one point against Dortmund more than Darmstadt did. The TSG invested a lot, fought for every centimetre on the pitch and was a real pain in the a**. Congratulations Hoffenheim. This is really the way out of the crisis.

Darmstadt was different. One never really had the impression that there was anything possible for Darmstadt and it felt like a slapstick gag when Heller scored a really beautiful goal. No one, not even the 8000 fans of Darmstadt, was expecting this. After the lead Darmstadt did change tactics. They began with five defenders in a row. Then they, when Dortmund possessed the ball, defended with six man in a row. Is that an adequate tactic for the Bundesliga? Obviously – yes. The question here is. What are they supposed to do differently? They cannot do better. They won’t play better. So it is not the best, yet the only tactic for Darmstadt.

Mats Hummels and his rage

WP_20150927_16_38_36_ProTwo draws in a row and a defence that could have done better. I personally do not understand Mats Hummels and his criticism of his colleagues. On the one hand it is good to know that there is a player in the squad who really is pissed off after a draw. On the other hand I think it is a wrong sign to show his rage on the pitch (obviously) against teammates. “We defended in a very amateurish manner” he said after the Darmstadt-match. Thomas Tuchel was irritated. He said that he was sure that Mats Hummels did include himself in his critic. Because there is no doubt that you win together and you lose together. And Hummels was part of the defence as well. Nevertheless, it is not wrong that the captain of Borussia Dortmund is unsatisfied after the loss of four points to Bayern.
WP_20150927_16_33_33_ProWhat also has to be mentioned is the handling of the press after two consecutive draws. It felt like Borussia Dortmund was a team in crisis. “Distance to Bayern grows”, “Hummels shows his outrage”, “First crisis in Dortmund”. What the hell? Until now Dortmund did not lose. Until now Dortmund is second in the Bundesliga. Until now they played their best football since 2012. There is (a) no crisis and (b) no wrong expectation among officials and fans. Borussia Dortmund (fans and officials) know how to evaluate the situation. Of course they could have won against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt. But they also did not lose. Borussia Dortmund is not Bayern München. And everybody has to remember that in 2005 Borussia Dortmund was at the edge of existence. 2015 now does not sound that bad, does it?

We need more clubs like Darmstadt
8000 Darmstadt Fans on Northstand in Dortmund

Some last words about Darmstadt. Nobody has to like the manner SV Darmstadt 98 played in Dortmund. But the Bundesliga benefits from Darmstadt more than they benefit from Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Ingolstadt, who by the way had about 200 fans in Köln last Friday. 200, you read correctly. 8000 fans on a Sunday afternoon from Darmstadt? Congratulations, SV Darmstadt 98. We need more clubs like you.

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Dennis Liedschulte

Dennis works as a journalist and author of fictional novels in Germany. He is a regular visitor of the German Bundesliga. He worked for several newspapers and online magazines and reports directly from Germany for Follow at @NummerSieben7