Before hosting Paris SG in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund opened the 22nd day of the Bundesliga on a clear victory against Eintracht Frankfurt (4-0).
Dortmund is ready to receive PSG in the Champions League. Lucien Favre's men outperformed Frankfurt on Friday (4-0) on the 22nd day of the Bundesliga. Norwegian prodigy 19-year-old Erling Haaland scored again (3-0, 54th), bringing his total to 8 goals in his first five Bundesliga games. Lukasz Piszczek (33rd), Jadon Sancho (50th) and Raphaël Guerreiro (74th) also beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, formerly of Paris SG. Dortmund tentatively climbed to second in the Bundesliga, ahead of Leipzig with a better goal difference, and just one point behind the leader, Bayern Munich, who will only play in the Champions League on February 25 against Chelsea, and moves on Sunday to the field of the 13th, Cologne.
Borussia have just scored 22 goals in five league games, but this time has also shown remarkable defensive thoroughness, which they had lacked in their last outings. "It was very important," said central defender Mats Hummels. "We gave them very few chances, I think they only shot once. We were very focused, very committed, and it's not the defense alone who didn't concede a goal, it's the whole team. ” For this dress rehearsal, the team aligned by Lucien Favre was undoubtedly not far from that which will face Paris. In a very flexible system with three or four defenders depending on the scenario of the match, the German international Emre Can, who arrived from Juventus in January, firmly muscles the midfielder, alongside the Belgians Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel.
In front, the other nugget of Borussia, Jadon Sancho, is the spearhead of the attack with Haaland, and almost makes forget the absence of the captain and usual attack leader Marco Reus, victim of a muscular breakdown which l will prevent playing against Paris. A scoring machine in front, the BVB has been suffering from chronic weakness in defense lately: the frustrating 4-3 defeat last week at Leverkusen had left its mark, and Lucien Favre had asked his men "work, work and work" to redress the situation. This concern to review the fundamentals behind probably explains why the BVB seemed so cautious in the first period, and less flamboyant than during its previous outings.
But Dortmund still dominated, with eight shots on goal against one at Eintracht before the break, and acting captain Lukasz Piszczek rewarded his team by scoring the first goal in a 16-meter long shot (1 -0, 33e). The yellows and blacks then made the hole in five minutes, on two cons typical of the Borussia style. First a ball recovered by Hummels in his half of the field, a super-fast vertical transition, two assists and Sancho who finds himself in the opposing area to beat Trapp closely (2-0, 50th). Then a counter initiated by the former Lorientais Guerreiro, victoriously concluded by Haaland (3-0, 54th). Guerreiro, author of a huge match, spiked the addition of a long shot, while the defense of Frankfurt seemed to have given up (4-0, 74th). The main satisfaction for Dortmund will however be his defensive performance, which he will have to renew on Tuesday if he wants to exist against Mbappé and the fiery attack of Paris SG.
Results of the 22nd day:
Borussia Dortmund – Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0
RB Leipzig – Werder Bremen
Union Berlin – Bayer Leverkusen
Hoffenheim – Wolfsburg
Augsburg – Friborg
Paderborn – Hertha Berlin
Fortuna Düsseldorf – Borussia M’Gladbach
FC Cologne – Bayern Munich
Mainz – Schalke 04