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1 day ago

Crisis talk engulfs Borussia Dortmund after another Bundesliga defeat

Borussia Dortmund's poor start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at Cologne in the Bundesliga.

Seven points from eight game is frustrating beyond measure and is Borussia Dortmund's worst spell under Jurgen Klopp.

Losing 2-1 against a Cologne side that had not previously scored at home is in-keeping with BVB's tendency to lose to lesser sides who are struggling themselves.

"This is the start of the rest of our season" Klopp said before the game but, instead, it looks like yet another false dawn.

BVB will finish in 14th place at best after this matchday, only just above the relegation zone,...

3 days ago

Gundogan return signals season re-start for Borussia Dortmund

Despite Borussia Dortmund's poor start to their Bundesliga season, Kevin Grosskreutz is remaining positive that he and his side can turn matters around.

"The rest of the season begins for us now." An all-or-nothing phrase from manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of Borussia Dortmund's game against 1. FC Koln. But the statement has more meaning to it than its obvious simplicity. It is a cry for a fresh start, as the stint before the international break was one to forget.

The math is quite simple, as anything but three points against newly promoted Koln will be seen as another failure. Borussia cannot afford to drop any more points, as they are already...

5 days ago

Committed Dortmund fans & return of stars will help Klopp turn crisis around

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein discusses Borussia Dortmund's poor start to their Bundesliga campaign and Jurgen Klopp's displeasure with their results.

The sun smiled on Dortmund on Tuesday, given the news that spread from the training ground. Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender all joined in full team training, while Oliver Kirch is not far behind.

This is marvellous news for Borussia Dortmund and also timely with the club currently in crisis, in dire need of a turnaround. They have amassed just seven points from seven Bundesliga games and already find themselves 10 points off Bayern Munich in the title...

Oct 4, 2014

Borussia Dortmund slump to another Bundesliga loss

Soloman Kalou scored twice as Hertha Berlin moved up to 12th in the German Bundesliga with a 3-2 win over Stuttgart.

Borussia Dortmund have landed in a big fat crisis after a loss that puts the black and yellows more and more with their backs against the wall.

BVB are already 10 points off league leaders Bayern, which means the title race is off the table and the excitement that this season should have brought has already diminished to an extent.

It is now all about claiming second place, which is still realistic, as it's still early in the season but Dortmund are hoping to start again after the international break,...

Oct 2, 2014

Hamburg jinx greets Borussia Dortmund in domestic return

Adrian Ramos knocks in two off the bench and propels Dortmund to their second straight shutout victory in the Champions League.

Welcome to the Bundesliga slump-buster party. It is struggling Borussia Dortmund against bottom-of-the-table Hamburg. The big question is whether BVB will once again help the Northerners to a positive result, or if they will actually carry their Champions League momentum into the league for once.

HSV, a club with the potential to be the second force in Germany behind Bayern, has been playing at the other end of the table for the past couple of seasons. But even as they have been flat on the...

Oct 2, 2014

Dynamic managers Jurgen Klopp and Roger Schmidt don't have a plan B

Three different goal scorers found the back of the net for Bayer Leverkusen in a comfortable 3-1 victory over Benfica.
Jurgen Klopp and Roger Schmidt feature personalities that are as dynamic as their tactics, and that works well with players.

Of all the possible reasons for a defeat, tactics rarely used to get mentioned in Germany. Disappointing results would always be blamed on the players. They were either a) not good enough or b) didn't want it enough or c) both.

In addition, observers would cite diffuse, equally unquantifiable factors like "lack of leadership", too much harmony in the dressing room or to little thereof. Coaches were seen as motivators, first and foremost. If they didn't get results, it was due to the manager's inability...