Breathing space for favre: happy zero number in the derby

breathing space for favre: happy zero number in the derby

Again hardly any danger of scoring, again not ready for the championship – at borussia dortmund, the gap between aspiration and reality is growing. In the flattering 0:0 in the derby at schalke, BVB’s offense, which is actually well-stocked, once again proved to be harmless.

That the opponent’s penalty area for marco reus and co. For the second time in the taboo zone, even schalke’s goalkeeper alexander nubel was surprised. "Dortmund simply had no chance at all, because no one was in the box and no one wanted to be in the box," rattled the rarely tested goalkeeper, referring to borussia’s current dilemma.

It was only with a lot of luck that dortmund escaped another setback three days after the depressing 0:2 at inter milan. This gave the criticized coach lucien favre some breathing space, but did not relieve him of his job worries. After only two wins in the past eight compulsory games, all involved are in debt to the team. Captain reus was combative: "we have to get out of this situation, which i would not call a crisis. We will come back, also in terms of the game, even if we are far from it at the moment."

Unlike in milan, this time at least no one came to the idea, the dreary appearance alreadyzureden. In the end, the archrival from gelsenkirchen was the team that dominated the game for around 70 minutes and with two aluminum goals from salif sane (28.) and suat serdar (35.) close to victory. "For us, the point is rather fortunate," admitted sporting director michael zorc, "it all seems a bit zah and tense."Coach favre assessed the draw similarly: "before we had hoped for more, now we can accept the result."

Former schalke captain olaf thon doesn’t think favre is the right coach for dortmund. "Favre is not a guy like klopp, so you ask yourself why aki watzke signed this coach? In dortmund, as in schalke, you need emotions, you need someone who gives gas, who takes the people with him," thon said on sunday in the fubball talk show "doppelpass" on sport1. In his opinion, the always calm and level-headed swiss favre is not suited to an emotional club like dortmund.

Mario gotze, who had been reinstated to the starting eleven, was unable to revive BVB’s lame attacking play. At his substitution in the 58. In the first minute, the noble reservist of the past few weeks and favre did not look at each other. Many observers saw this as an indication of the strained relationship between the two players. The subsequent excitement on the internet that the 2014 world champion had then left the stadium grounds in a private car turned out to be a storm in a teacup. Instead, gotze was rushed to hospital, where his injured hand was checked but not found to be broken.

A goal-scorer like paco alcacer could help fix the problems. But as sports manager zorc confirmed, the spaniard will also be unavailable for wednesday’s cup match against monchengladbach. This game marks the start of a tough program with duels against wolfsburg, milan and bayern munchen within just ten days, which could decide favre’s future.

His colleague david wagner can approach the upcoming tasks in a much more relaxed manner. The former coach of BVB’s second team has revived the schalke team, which was still threatened with relegation last season. With merciless pressing they caused the only one point better BVB rough problems, but were not rewarded for the strong performance. "We’ll take a lot of really good things from the game, except the best, the three points," wagner summed up.

As in the 0:2 loss at hoffenheim a week ago, schalke was the better team, but once again was unable to shake off its poor finishing. Although 14 goals were scored in nine bundesliga matches for the tight, these included two actual goals by berlin’s niklas stark and karim rekik, one converted penalty (amine harit) and a total of only two sturmer goals (ahmed kutucu and rabbi matondo). "This time it was simply a matter of bad luck," wagner commented on the two alut hits. Nevertheless, he was not the only one to be satisfied. "We dominated the game, everyone saw that," said national player serdar. "It makes you proud that we have developed in this way."


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