SThey had possession 68 per cent, but only four shots on goal, all missed their target. No wonder that under these circumstances, which reflected the harmlessness of undefeated Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on this Tuesday evening, no full success was possible. That it was not even half, was due to the defensive and offensive quality of Atlético Madrid, the 0-4 defeat in the Champions League group match at BVB two weeks later, a 2-0 victory by the results of Saúl Niguez ( 33rd minute) and Antoine Griezmann (80th).
Thus, the Westphalia won the direct comparison despite the moderate appearance in the new Estadio Metropolitano and remained first in the group A. One point is still missing to qualify for the knockout stage. It should be possible three in the upcoming home game against Bruges on 28 November.
Against the two-time Champions League finalists lacked the Westphalian over the entire stretch of bite, the guts, the freshness and creativity, in order to shake Atlético in familiar surroundings. Four days before the German Clasico in the Bundesliga summit with the last staggered in an autumn crisis master FC Bayern Munich, the Borussia messed up the European dress rehearsal, which is supposed to be a good omen for a successful premiere on the classic theater stage.
Is that also true in football? In any case, all the Dortmund protagonists hurried to look back on their probably weakest season appearance, not to let the anticipation and optimism before the game against Bayern cloud. Not even by this defeat, the team captain Marco Reus in a slight misjudgment of the prevailing conditions as "unnecessary" felt. For this predicate but gave the reunion with the third Spanish football grandeur next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona nothing.
While Atlético rigorously played out its robustness, aggressiveness, defensive rigor and counter-class when it mattered, the virtues of the best German club team, if any, flashed only dimly. The Attack Division's intriguing enthusiasm on big days bloomed in secrecy on Tuesday as Pulisic and Sancho fell far short of their potential, Alcácer did not find an opportunity to show his enforcement skills, and even Reus once produced an air hole and too seldom for some revival Game forward provided.
In midfield, Delaney lacked the inflexibility he said in the duels with the Spaniards, and in defense Akanji and Piszczek occasionally seemed a little tentative when the Spaniards switched to them. A strong goalkeeper Bürki and a solid midfield anchor Witsel were too few to be able to inspire the team in the long term.
"We have to deal with that now," said Roman Bürki on the processing of the first defeat of the season, "I think it is not so bad that we have arrived on the ground of the facts. This sharpens the senses for Saturday. "Even coach Lucien Favre did not want to be too strict in his tight game analysis. "You have to play here with patience and speed," he said two Dortmund deficits that evening and added quickly, "but such a defeat can happen. Until the game against Bayern, we still have time to think. "Reus pointed out that even the BVB may weaken. "We were not so fresh," he said, "and were mentally not up to par. There are such days, we have to go through them now. "
To gloomy self-reflection was no reason in Madrid, and yet showed the appearance in the arena, in which on June 1, 2019, the Champions League final will be held that Dortmund at the moment the lighthearted ease from the late summer to late October going on. In the Bundesliga, this was enough to make the most of work, with 2: 2 against Hertha BSC. But the big gloss faded after the 4-0 triumph over Atlético a little. Reviving the fun of the game in its freshness is the goal of the day for Saturday, when it comes to the big German football showdown. Bayern may have liked the Dortmund appearance in Madrid. Atlético has shown them how and by what means the BVB can get into trouble. Everything seems so open before the game of games. These are beautiful prospects for football lovers who want to see an exciting game of festive character.