Several issues prior to April 3, 2017 continue to be problematic for Borussia Dortmund. The football match on April 1, 2017 between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke ended in a draw, but was characterized by missed opportunities on the part of Dortmund. Schalke battled the entire game and gave Dortmund everything they could handle. Dortmund’s bright spot was Aubameyang, who netted his 24th goal this season, however, the hero of the day was Schalke’s Theo Kehrer who scored his first ever goal in the Bundesliga.
The game was not without controversy, as Dortmund’s star, Aubameyang continued his game time antics by donning a mask after his goal, which was part of a promotional stunt associated with Nike. This planned stunt cost Aubameyang a $ 70,000 fine because the official sponsor of Borussia Dortmund’s uniforms and supplies is Puma who additionally is a Borussia shareholder.
The pattern of missed opportunities continued to be a concern even though Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburg on Tuesday, April 4th by a score of 3-0. Dortmund could have easily doubled their score having a 14-7 advantage of goal opportunities. Hamburg’s goalkeeper, Adler, played magnificently as he denied Aubameyang 5 times despite the fact the Aubameyang is on a record pace scoring 11 times in the last 8 games. Thomas Tuchel, Borussia’s coach, although happy with the win recognizes the squandering of goal scoring opportunities that continue to plague the team.
There is much anticipation for Saturday’s match with Bayern Munich. A sellout crowd of 75,000 is expected at the Allianz Arena, where the league leading Bayern Munich has not lost a match in over a year. Bayern’s roster includes several players who have previously played for BVB. The game will feature the top two scorers in the league, locked in a heated race for the scoring title. Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has 24 goals second only to BVB’s Aubameyang’s 25 goals.
In their previous match this season, BVB earned a 1-0 victory over Bayern but are fighting through several injuries. Bayern rested several players in their last match which was a 1-0 loss to Hoffenheim. Both teams have Champion’s League matches scheduled next week with Bayern taking on Real Madrid on Wednesday, April 12th and BVB playing against Monaco on Tuesday, April 11th.
Bayern Munich dominated Saturday’s match with an impressive 4-1 win, inching closer to their fifth straight league title. Bayern scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and BVB never recovered. Raphael Guerriro scored BVB’s lone goal midway through the first half. Bayern scored early in the second half and a penalty kick goal wrapped up the one-sided contest. The experience of Bayern was clearly evident as the younger and injury depleted Borussia Dortmund Club struggled to gain possessions. Bayern outshot BVB 18-9 and additionally held possession for 67% of the game. The players and coaches on both sides agreed that Bayern was the better team.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang continues his torrid scoring pace as he leads the league with 25 goals. The closest Dortmund players to Aubameyang are Ousmane Dembele and Raphael Guerriro with 6 goals apiece. The following players are currently injured and unavailable for the Bayern game: Andre Schurrle, Erik Durm, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode.
BVB also announced that the team has extended the contract of defender Lukasz Piszczek for two more years, which comes on the heels of the club’s renewal of midfielder Gonzalo Castro’s contract.
In responding to the press after Borussia Dortmund’s loss to Bayern, Thomas Tuchel honestly conceded that his club could not compete with Bayern today after falling behind early coupled with a dire personnel situation. Currently, Borussia Dortmund is in 4th place, 1 point behind Hoffenheim, in their quest for an automatic Champion’s League berth.