BVB Need To Trust Their Youngsters And Make More Of The Ball After Mainz Defeat
In a season which has been up-and-down for the 8-time Bundesliga champions, this penultimate weekend 2-1 defeat against FSV Mainz for Borussia Dortmund epitomises their entire 2017/18 campaign after Dortmund initially went 2-0 down in the space of 13 minutes.
Victory against Mainz today would’ve assured of a 2nd place for Dortmund in the German top division and Champions League football next season but after struggling against a lowly Mainz side who are fighting for their place in the division, perhaps determines Dortmund don’t deserve to be in Europe’s top competition next year.
With a whole summer to move forward and reflect on a disappointing 10 months for Dortmund after next weekend, here are five things they learnt from their second-to-last Bundesliga game of the 2017/18 season:
Dortmund Need To Sign A New Goalkeeper
After the disappointing campaign from usual no.1 goalkeeper Roman Burki and imminent retirement of club legend Roman Weidenfeller, maybe it is time for the Swiss international to step aside, for a different man between the sticks to play for Dortmund next season if they are to compete both domestically and in Europe next season.
There are also a lot of top-class available shot-stoppers in the Bundesliga whose contracts are either expiring or have already said they are leaving at the end of the season this year, such as FC Augsburg’s Marvin Hitz or Eintracht Frankfurt’s Lukáš Hrádecký.
Both are whom can contest Burki for the number 1 spot for Dortmund next season should they sign for the club and should be two players the club at least to note of before someone else snaps them off.
Dortmund Should Trust Their Youngsters
In the recent fixtures, several Dortmund youngsters have been given the opportunity to impress and some have looked capable of making the step up from academy football to first-team football on a regular basis.
The summer acquisitions of younger players like Jadon Sancho from Manchester City and Maximillian Phillip from SC Freiburg to play alongside academy graduate Christian Pulisic have shown that they can be the future of the club with man-of-the-match performances from all three forward players.
Even other youngsters such as Christian Pulisic and Sergio Gomez (an 18-year-old signing from FC Barcelona) have been starting to make appearances for the first-team which is exciting for many Dortmund fans and the future of their club.
Peter Stoger Has To Leave
Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has been a real glooming figure since replacing Peter Bosz back in December and in some of his most recent games, both he and his Dortmund side have looked dispassionate and eager to just get this season over and done after next weekend’s challenge.
So perhaps a new season will do the German giants a world of good as they look to put in a better string of performances next season and look to contest their biggest competitive rivals Bayern Munich for silverware again next year.
Dortmund have already begun their search for a new manager next year with some newspaper reports claiming that the German side have already made contact with former Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit St. Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas in the hope of making him their new manager.
Dortmund Need To Make The Most Of Their Possession
In their most recent game against Mainz, Dortmund maintained a 67% possession with 12 shots on goal and yet they still lost 2-1. This just shows how wasteful Dortmund have been with their opportunities this season and is arguably their biggest reason as to why they have been struggling so much this season.
This situation Dortmund find themselves in with their inability to score as many goals as they are expected to with the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Marco Reus and Maximillian Philipp in their side has to be the first thing that the new manager in next season emphasises to his new club.
Dortmund Are In Need Of A Holding Midfielder To Assist Weigl
Young midfielder Julian Weigl has been in and out of the Dortmund team this season and has made a real difference when he has been starting for the 3rd place team. However, he has needed that support in midfield all season with the likes of Gonzalo Castro not being the midfield influence Dortmund are in need of.
The club have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko in recent weeks but it’s rumoured that the £53m price tag is currently too much that Dortmund are willing to pay for the French midfielder.
But, all things considered, it is a transfer that benefits both clubs and the player himself as Bakayoko has not been playing as much as he would’ve liked and a player of his class deserves to be playing week in and week out with a top club like Borussia Dortmund. So if I were Dortmund, I would give it my all to make sure the move comes off.