German giants Borussia Dortmund were subjected to huge levels of embarrassment and misery yesterday, as arch-rivals Bayern Munich destroyed them 5-0 in the much-awaited Bundesliga Der Klassiker fixture.
The win helped the Bavarians climb to the top spot in the German league charts, displacing Dortmund themselves. Bayern now have a one-point at the top, which might eventually prove vital as the Bundesliga title race is still very much on.
Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Marco Reus lamented at the lack of playing quality displayed by his team. In fact, Reus and his men were 4-0 down by the half-time itself, thanks to some shoddy defending and absence of any link-up play between the players.
“It’s a massive disappointment,” Reus said after the game, as reported by spox.com. “There’s no doubt we fully deserved to lose. We didn’t put Bayern under the slightest bit of pressure. We had a good chance at the start through Mo Dahoud, but even if that went in you still had the feeling that Bayern were in complete control.”
“They were better organised and exploited the spaces. We left too many gaps and didn’t defend the spaces well. We didn’t offer any threat up front either. It hurts,” he added, before seeking solace in the hope of overturning Bayern’s frail lead at in the points’ charts in the upcoming game-weeks.
The German star then went on to express outrage at Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre’s choice of lining up his team for the game. “We wanted to press and had actually expected them to go 4-3-3. But they lined up in a 4-2-3-1, which isn’t a problem, but we were standing too far apart from each other and we couldn’t apply any pressure. When I ran towards Mats Hummels, he just played it to Thiago and he played it to Niklas Süle and so on – that’s difficult. We were a million miles off our usual level in all areas,” he explained.
„Jeder weiß, dass ich da nicht spielen möchte“, sagte @woodyinho nach dem #BVB-Debakel bei den Bayern über seine Position.
Alle Aussagen von #Reus aus der Mixed Zone nach #FCBBVB: https://t.co/f7ZIs6aH5g pic.twitter.com/IUO32XZiwE
— Jochen Tittmar (@teiteteemaer) April 6, 2019
“There’s no point in us talking about the title if we play like that again, but there’s only one point for us to gain now and things can change very quickly in the Bundesliga. We have to show a completely different side to ourselves next Saturday,” he added, before concluding:
“We’ve fought back before, and we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Borussia Dortmund’s next assignment is against FSV Mainz on 13th April.