Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Best & Worst Borussia Dortmund Players Rated In Their Disappointing Defeat To Real Madrid

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Despite their thunderous start to the Bundesliga campaign, Borussia Dortmund’s sufferings in the UEFA Champions League goes on, as they slumped to a 3:1 defeat at home against the defending Champions League winners. A goal from Gareth Bale along with a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo were enough for Real Madrid to get the better of Peter Bosz’s men. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Borussia Dortmund’s only goal of the game.

Here are the Dortmund players rated in their defeat to Real Madrid.

Roman Burki (7/10): An excellent game from the Swiss International. Following a disappointing performance against Spurs, Burki had a point to prove and that he did. Despite conceding three goals, the 26-year-old saved a number of clear-cut chances from Real Madrid.

Lukasz Piszczek (5/10): Was always slow to deal with the pacy Real Madrid attackers in the first place. Piszczek’s best years are well and truly beyond him and it’s clearly evident in his performances.

Sokratis (5/10): He was never able to properly execute a high backline. The Greek International struggled with pace throughout the game.

Omer Toprak (5/10): Did not seem to assure in defence, partnering alongside Sokratis. His awful positioning led to a lot of scoring opportunities for the visitors.

Jeremy Toljan (5.5/10): Looked very promising going forward but lacked the necessary steel in defending off the Real Madrid pressure. Never really had the better of his counterpart Danny Carvajal on the left flank.

Nuri Sahin (5.5/10): Sahin was assuring at times, in possession but lacked the thrust or speed to give a competent fight to his opposing midfielders. Got subbed off later in the second half, and rightly so.

Gonzalo Castro (6/10): His inclusion in the team was highly criticized by Dortmund fans but the former Leverkusen man actually played decently in the middle. Though a frequent lapse of concentrations let him down at times.

Mario Gotze (6.5/10): Was probably the best midfielder for BVB tonight. Gotze was looking very promising with the ball, and the German world champion made some delicious through balls in the second half, most of which led to big chances for the home side.

Andriy Yarmolenko (5/10): A poor outing from the Ukrainian International. Many though Yarmolenko might just prevail against the sturdy Real Madrid defence, but the 28-year-old wasn’t quite up to the mark.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (6/10): An awful game from the Gabonese International. Auba let everyone down with his array of poor first touches which put an end to several scoring opportunities in the first half.

Maximilian Philipp (6/10): His inclusion in the starting lineup came as a surprise for most fans. But the former Freiburg attacker was okayish in the offensive department tonight, especially with his sharp movements and dangerous passing into the box.

Substitutes

Julian Weigl (6.5/10): Fans really wanted Weigl to start against Real Madrid prior to the game, but that wasn’t the case. However, he did feature on as a substitute later on in the game and had a telling impact on the proceedings as Dortmund looked significantly better afterwards.

Mahmoud Dahoud (7/10): Proved to be an upgrade on Mario Gotze, following his substitution. The ex-Gladbach midfielder created a lot of chances after coming on and was looking quite menacing when Borussia Dortmund had possession.

Christian Pulisic (NA): Came on for Maxi Philipp in the 75th minute but it was too little too late for the American to make any difference.

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