Der BVB were sailing smoothly in Europe and Bundesliga in October but have stuttered in the 2019/20 campaign with inconsistent displays.
November was supposed to bring joy. Borussia Dortmund had secured important victories in Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League. They were supposed to meet an out of form Bayern Munich side which was beaten 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Dortmund should have made light work of the Bavarians, even though the game was at the Allianz Arena. Lucien Favre’s team were in form and had recently outmatch Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Surely a result against their biggest rivals was within their reach.
Favre’s best laid plans did not come to fruition. Niko Kovac’s departure had sprung Bayern into action. Caretaker boss Hans-Dieter Flick out witted Favre on the pitch. The result was devastation in BVB ranks.
Poor run of form
An out of form Bayern Munich, a side which had troubles with putting on a succession of results tore them apart. The hosts would claim a 4-0 win. Borussia Dortmund returned to Westfalenstadion with tails between their legs.
BVB’s title challenge would receive another jolt in their next fixture. Bottom of the table Paderborn would take 3-0 lead at the Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund would need a remarkable comeback deep in injury time to get a point.
Barcelona would add more pressure on them. A 3-1 defeat at the Camp Nou in UEFA Champions League would put question marks around their knockout rounds participation. They need a win against Slavia Prague and hope Inter cannot overcome Barcelona to progress.
However, it seems Favre has managed to turn around BVB’s fortunes in Bundesliga. Or at least stop it from becoming worse. Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard’s first half goals were enough to get over Hertha Berlin.
Complicated Bundesliga table
While Gladbach and Leipzig won their ties, Bayern lost to Leverkusen at home. The mixed results could not have come at a better time as it allows Dortmund to maintain their title assault. They are five points adrift of Gladbach at the top and only a point off the race for Champions League spots.
A win against the struggling Dusseldorf is not needed but warranted for Dortmund to continue their Bundesliga assault. They have already squandered results, claiming 5 draws in the German top-flight. The most by anyone in top-8.
But Favre needs to address problems within his squad. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five matches, while only scoring eight goals in return.
Great teams are built from the back and their successes come from the front. As it stands, Borussia Dortmund is complacent in both areas.