Borussia Dortmund defeats Stuttgart in Bundesliga
Jude Bellingham was already the hero of the afternoon and the game was over, but the Dortmund midfielder was still working like a madman. In between, he leaned exhausted on his knees to take a deep breath, until a few seconds later he threw himself into duels again and covered the long distances, probably to show the audience and colleagues: We are fighting against this damn carelessness , which has already cost us so many points.
In the end, Dortmund won 5-0 (3-0) against VfB Stuttgart, Bellingham had contributed two goals to the highest win of the season, and he had initiated another with a brilliant through ball. And Dortmund finally looked like a real top team, the stadium was bathed in happiness.
However, coach Edin Terzic indicated that it would be premature to derive sustainable progress from this: “We know that we have to keep at it, that we shouldn’t praise too much”, because a number of favorable circumstances had come together that day.
Süle also scores
In the game at Union Berlin on the last match day, BVB was still suffering from the course of the game, two serious mistakes had led to early goals from which the team never recovered mentally. This time they had scored two quick and very groundbreaking goals themselves: after just 90 seconds, Bellingham pushed a cross pass from Niklas Süle from six meters into the Stuttgart goal to make it 1-0.
And in the 13th minute, Süle scored the 2-0 (13th) after a free kick by Julian Brandt. As in the 2-2 win against FC Bayern two weeks earlier, Süle played on the right in the back four after Thomas Meunier suffered a serious facial injury in the cup game in Hanover and will be absent for a long time. The international defender was an excellent substitute who worked well with Karim Adeyemi on his side.
At first, Dortmund didn’t handle their early lead quite as confidently as the table leaders from the capital in the previous week. The 2-0 was followed by a rather wild phase in which the game swayed back and forth. VfB also appeared dangerously in front of the Dortmund goal on several occasions, but did not act purposefully enough.
From the 30th minute onwards, however, Dortmund actually played like a real top team: dominant, energetic, strong in tackles and inspired when they had possession of the ball. “We worked hard to enjoy the game today,” said Julian Brandt.
The attacking midfield chain with Adeyemi, Giovanni Reyna and Brandt in the centre, which Terzic had set up behind the agile striker Youssoufa Moukoko, always found space for clever moves. “They were team goals, we won the balls as a team, we combined as a team, that was really good,” said Terzic. Stuttgart couldn’t find any more answers, Reyna’s beautiful twelve-meter shot into the far corner to make it 3-0 was the result of this strong phase (43rd).
Stuttgart boom over
Stuttgart goalkeeper Florian Müller praised his team for “playing courageously forward”, but unfortunately his team “didn’t defend at all, that was catastrophic today”. Bellingham (53′) and Moukoko (72′) scored a fourth and a fifth goal for BVB, and Terzic also said with regard to the Champions League game against Manchester City next Tuesday: “We hope that we can come out of it being able to draw a lot of positive things, a lot of energy, a lot of self-confidence.”
In Stuttgart, on the other hand, the short phase of the upswing is over for the time being. After the separation from Pellegrino Matarazzo, the team had won twice, 4-1 against Bochum in the Bundesliga and then 6-0 against Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB-Pokal. Some observers had surmised that the side would thrive, but in Dortmund they looked unstable and careless, both in front of goal and on defence.
And yet Sven Mislintat announced after the final whistle that interim coach Michael Wimmer would remain in office until the winter break. “We made a relatively conscious decision to continue with Michi up to this game and we can clearly say that it lasted until the winter break. Because he has already found the right trigger points in the games that were mandatory wins for us,” explained the Stuttgart sports director.
Next to Jess Thorup (FC Copenhagen) and Alfred Schreuder (Ajax Amsterdam), Wimmer is the third possible permanent solution that should be found after the World Cup.