FC Cologne against BVB

FC Cologne against BVB:

The squad of Borussia Dortmund is masterful, possibly the best in the league. He could become a trump in the fight for the shell. Also in Cologne, two jokers turned the game.

Lucien Favre loves football. But football does not always make it easy for him. This was also evident on Friday in Cologne.

An evening that the coach of Borussia Dortmund later summarized as follows: "It was hard, just difficult."

There is still much to be done to improve the meticulous Favre. Although his team has won 3-1 (0: 1) in Cologne, the appearance was convincing only in the last half hour of the game.

For a long time, the Dortmund had a hard time pressing Cologne, they had made many simple mistakes, for example when goalkeeper Roman Bürki slipped the ball under the foot to the corner

or when Manuel Akanji played a reckless back pass. Later on, they ran behind them before Jadon Sancho (70), Achraf Hakimi (86) and Paco Alcácer (90 + 4) struck.

The second game, second win, standings. But otherwise? How meaningful are two successes - to the opening match against Augsburg, the BVB had won 5: 1 - against two teams, 

which will probably play this season against relegation? And what does it say about the squad that Dortmund won both games only thanks to significant performance improvement in the second half?

Break the Dominance Of Bavaria:

It is indeed an integral part of the history of this Dortmund team that it was reinforced in the summer for many millions of euros to break the dominance of Bayern.

They had led the table on 21 matchdays last season and still did not become champion, the sports director Michael Zorc said a few weeks ago.

The conclusion of this realization he had then immediately informed: "That's why we said that we want to play for the title again."

So Mats Hummels returned from Munich, also committed the BVB Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz. 

More routine for central defence (Hummels), Germany's best specialist for the problem left-back (Schulz) and two versatile as a talented attacking midfielder (Hazard, but especially Brandt).

And actually, in this very many people agree in Dortmund, especially about this squad, is the claim formulated by Zorc to play the title, not enough. 

Why, please, should BVB not become a master with this team?

In any case, the squad is not only good, but it is also now very good, possibly even better occupied than the FC Bayern.

It was also against Cologne again: Mario Götze did not come at all to use, even in the first game against Augsburg Favre had let him play only a few minutes.

This time, instead, Favre joined Julian Brandt and Achraf Hakimi after one hour, it was exactly the right change.

"The substitutions have brought us a lot, you have seen that immediately," said Favre, who also corrected the system.

A 4-2-3-1 was a 4-3-3, nuances only, but that showed effect. "We played with more speed, the moves were better."

Brandt, of course, did not succeed, he played some counterattacks unclean, but was also involved in the creation of two hits.

Hakimi was the left-back for offensive impulses and scored the deciding 2: 1 even by the head.

We intended to bring quality from the bank, which we needed, now we have it, said Bürki after the victory. One could also say: In Dortmund, they are very well aware of what they are doing.

FC Koln - Borussia Dortmund 1: 3 (1: 0)
1: 0 Drexler (29)

1: 1 Sancho (70.)

1: 2 Hakimi (86.)

1: 3 Alcácer (90. + 4)

Cologne: Horn - Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Hector - Verstraete - Schindler (73rd Kainz), Skhiri, Drexler - Modeste (81st Höger), Córdoba (55th Terodde)

Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Schulz (62nd Hakimi) - Weigl (62nd Brandt), Witsel - Sancho, Reus, Hazard (85th Bruun Larsen) - Alcácer

Spectators: 50,000 (sold out)

Referee: Christian Dessert

Yellow cards: Verstraete, Ehizibue / Piszczek


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