Even though Borussia Dortmund was able to advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions League, their Bundesliga campaign has been far from impressive.
Recently removed from a second-place season – and two consecutive championships before that – it seems like The Yellow Bees aren’t the same team they were last year. Despite still being in the top spots of the standings, the team led by Jürgen Klöpp has struggled mightily as of late and closed their 2013 campaign with a heart-breaking loss against Hertha Berlin.
Even though the match was played at Signal Iduna Park – Dortmund’s home stadium – the team was never able to control the game from midfield. Marco Reus was the only player that had a game worth mentioning, and the rest of the team was unimpressive after the winger scored the opener only seven minutes into the game.
Dortmund slowly lost control of the ball in midfield and suffered two more goals in the first half – courtesy of Adrian Ramos and Sami Allagui – as they went to the halftime break down by one. Despite their effort in the final 45 minutes, Dortmund couldn’t recover and ended up dropping a contest they should’ve won with ease if they wanted to continue with chances to battle for the league title against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.
There’s still a lot of tournament to be played, and Dortmund should be able to turn things around in the second half; but it’s no secret that they need to return to the form they had during the past season. The team looks like they’re missing something, and if they don’t bounce back soon they could be out of the title race much sooner than expected.