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Borussia Dortmund

  • Date Submitted: 08/30/2016 08:12 PM
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Back in August 2015, at the start of Bundesliga season, Borussia Mönchengladbach started with central defensive pairing of Andréas Christensen and Marvin Schulz aged just nineteen and twenty! Gladbach got thrashed 4:0 and eventually lost four back to back matches thus making it five losses on the trot to start the season which also forced Lucien Favre to resign.
What was the reason of this mess? Well, critics say it was Borussia’s defense which saw two inexperienced defenders getting a strap in highest level of gootball but if you look closely you would find that Coach Lucien Favre tried five different pairing in five different games. What it did reflect though is that Borussia’s defense was in trouble. With 2014/15 season’s hot defensive pairing of Tony Jantschke and Martin Stranzl not clicking due to frequent injuries, Favre didn’t really know what the best centre back pairing is for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Therefore, he tried five different combinations but none of them worked and they ended up conceding 13 goals from the first five matches.
Fortunately for Gladbach though, after Favre’s resignation, they had found a totally attacking minded successor in André Schubert. He didn’t really focused much on defense and instilled Gladbach into a rather attacking minded team who would outscore the opponents and executed it brilliantly.
But it’s obvious that every team has to be defensively sound doesn’t matter how attacking they are. Just like, Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund. BVB were offensively amazing in the Hinrunde but his side also sucked defensively, managing no clean sheets in November and December. That’s why Tuchel took a slight foot off the gas from attack and designated Dortmund to play more sensibly. Effect? It shows! Dortmund have kept seven clean sheets in nine Bundesliga games of the Rückrunde and are the only unbeaten team in the Bundesliga Rückrunde 2015/16.
Right now, André Schubert might have to something like that unless of course he is...


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