ottackon wrote:They were unlucky today as they actually managed to creat a lot of chances to score, but Zieler was exceptionnal
I don't know if that's really accurate to simply explain the loss with bad luck. The quantity of their chances was sufficient, but the quality was below par. Mkhitaryan's shot in the first half was a difficult effort in mid-rotation, but at least 15 meters away from goal. Hummel's header was a set-piece and not out of normal play, even the chances of Marco Reus in the 2nd half were always contested by a defender or Zieler who at least closed down the angle of each shot.
Ever since Robert Lewandowski left, they have lost their last guy who could realiably open up the opponent's defence for those fast and skillful players like Reus and Mkhitaryan. Therefore the quality of their chances has decreased, the conversion rate is poor, because a lot of those chances are much harder to put into the net than they used to be, but it's not only about Lewandowski.
We have been talking about this matter over a year ago when they chose Mkhitaryan over Eriksen as Mario Götze's replacement. I have a lot of respect for Jürgen Klopp, but this crisis didn't come out of the blue. There's a good reason why Dortmund struggles in the league and excels in the Champions League. Internationally the majority of teams come into the competition with the entitlement to dominate games and are unable or unwilling to give away possession, which would harm Dortmund's counter-attacking game. Instead even an internationally mediocre team like Galatasaray played with a high line of defence and plenty of gaps for BVB to exploit.
Nobody plays like that in the Bundesliga against Dortmund anymore. Even Pep Guardiola learned his lesson and changed his tactics to a less dominant formation in the DFB cup final 2014, all the other technically gifted teams like Schalke, Hoffenheim, Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach play counter-attacking football against Klopp's team. For example Mkhitaryan is a brilliant player in the game of quick transitions, but Götze was a player who exceled in both a possession oriented and counter-attacking stile of play. Therefore it's only logical that the Armenian struggles to produce in the Bundesliga and all of their recent transfers suffer from similar symptoms.
I'm 100% convinced BVB would have demolished Hannover96 at least 3-0 or 4-0 had they managed to score the 1-0, but they don't have the player material to reliably score that 1-0 against ultra-defensive teams (basically everybody) anymore. That's the cardinal error of their last two transfer periods, they believed their system could do without that creative quality in possession if only everybody gave it enough effort and played according to Klopp's system.
Two or three bad games are bad luck, this is a crisis of the playing approach and the BVB philosophy.