The Leader Speaks
Kicker reports that BVB Captain Marcel Schmelzer doesn’t share the concerns over the manager, Peter Bosz’, season performance. Instead, Schmelzer protected the Dortmund manager after all the backlash:
“Peter Bosz’s calm, analytical nature gives the team a good feeling, he knows what he’s doing,” says Schmelzer. “The fact that he sometimes even protects us must not lead us to dive behind him, we have a duty to give something back to the coach.”
With the media giving Dortmund players a way out, Schmelzer refocuses the responsibility on the players. In what would be considered a noble move, the BVB captain knows that the Dortmund woes inevitably fall on the players’ shoulders.
Dortmund Sit 3rd in Table
After an electric start to the season, which saw Dortmund quickly rise to the top of the table, Dortmund has now fallen on hard times. In hindsight, their weak performances in Champions League have become a yoke around their necks, creating a cloud of doubt that circulates the club. Bad performances in European competition saw them return to the Bundesliga shaken and doubtful. BVB have only won 3 matches out of their last 10 in all competition with 1 win coming from a 3rd division side.
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Peter Bosz is sorting out their defense. BVB have conceded 14 goals so far, which is the 3rd most in the Bundesliga. Only Freiburg (15) and Cologne (18) have conceded more, and both teams sit in the relegation zone. You’d have to go back to the end of September to find a league match where BVB kept a clean sheet. Bad defending and poor goalkeeping have seen the yellow and black begin a death spiral. Do you think Peter Bosz is the man who can right the ship? Let us know in the comments below.
Don’t Dive Behind Him
Those are the words of BVB captain, and although it is admirable to stand up and take the blame, the real question remains: who will be willing to stand up and take responsibility to make things right? This question can’t fall on Dortmund’s attacking threat, as their offense is averaging 2.5 goals a match. The answer has to come in the way of a stronger defense. Does Dortmund need players to stand up and be accountable? Is Peter Bosz missing too many pieces and is it the transfer market that holds the answers? Give us your take in the comments.