October 24, 2017

Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern München – “Damn, they are still the best”

Borussia Dortmund was good, but FC Bayern München is yet the better team

So it is over. The so-called “Klassiker” between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München. There was not a single goal in this match. There were not any ugly scenes, fouls or acting, neither. There was one thing – pure football. The two best German teams fought each other with their skills and it is maybe true that Borussia Dortmund evolved. But – there is always a “but” – it was (only) a feast for lovers of tactic and systems.

Dortmund, be proud!

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Dortmund was better than the seasons before…

Yes, Borussia Dortmund can be proud. As Oliver Fritsch, a German journalist working for “Die Zeit” wrote – BVB has developed and will be a candidate for the “Meisterschaft” next year once again. It does not really depend on Bayern München. Of course questions will raise if Bayern maintain their level of excellence under Carlo Ancelotti or even improve.

Borussia Dortmund’s tactical flexibility is impressive. The teams that “visit” Westfalenstadion have the respect again that was gone last season. But there is one big advantage that Dortmund can take out of this “Klassiker” – they will learn. Bayern is yet better, but not like the seasons before with about 25 points. The possibility is there that the Bundesliga can keep the excitement until the end, even if Bayern has way better chances to lift the “Meisterschale”. But there is confidence again that Bayern is not that far away. “The match will help is in our development”, said Thomas Tuchel. He also said that he wanted to improve the level more and more. Soon the Bundesliga may have two “super-clubs” and one thing is sure right now. The title race may not be that interesting as in the English Premier League or in the Italian Serie A this season. But it is also not as boring as in France or even in Spain.

Dortmund, be disappointed!

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…but FC Bayern München still is the better team

Disappointed? Why? There are voices among fans (I do share this opinion) that the second half against FC Bayern München was “Angsthasenfußball”. You may could translate it with “they were afraid to attack”. It is true that we saw one of the best matches in the Bundesliga. It is also true that FC Bayern München played with respect and had to (in first half) do their best to keep the ball away from Manuel Neuer’s goal. But the impression was there that after minute 70 Borussia Dortmund was satisfied with the result – 0:0.

In a way it is no shame to be satisfied with a draw against Bayern. But was there some kind of last offensive, some kind of potential lucky punch? From my point of view Borussia Dortmund tried to defend the 0:0 without any attempts to score a goal towards the end of the match. There were even voices who said that with Jürgen Klopp this “Angsthasenfußball” never would have happened. The bad taste stays that they could have done more. Also the comments of Thomas Tuchel were irritating in that he related that he was totally satisfied with everything. In the end it felt like understatement. It was the only chance for Dortmund to make everything exciting again. And they – in cold print – failed!

What to make out of this 0:0?

As a supporter of Borussia Dortmund and a football fan who istrying to reflect on the recent match, it is not easy to come to a result. Yes, I am proud. With a little luck and a good transfer policy (that may keep Gündogan in Dortmund) the “Schwarzgelben” will be a possible candidate for the “Deutsche Meisterschaft” next year. But yes, I am disappointed, too. Maybe the Klopp-era is still in our hearts. But many fans would have liked to see “Vollgas-football” towards the end of the match. Even a 0:2 loss with the feeling that the players did everything they could would have tasted better. But next to the pride there stays the bitter taste that Reus, Aubameyang and Co. (maybe) could have done more.

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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 bundesligafanatic.com. Follow at @NummerSieben7