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Overall solid display, brilliant first goal prep by Kagawa, classic finishing by Ciro. Auba not with his best performance today, but still good workload from him and Ramos with excellent positioning and finishing qualities. That's why we have the three of them, makes us very difficult to play against, even if we need tons of chances - that is, unless we screw up in our defense all too easily of course, like we did too much lately.

With this is mind, good to see Kehl back in the team - he gave lots of stability, albeit a weakish Subo. Bender again great at ball-winning. Those two key to our victory today perhaps.

It will still take a while for us to ultimately find our game, so slow steps ahead. This victory was good for the moral though - next step Hamburg, optimal opponent now I think.
Sums it up. Good performance, definitely could have been a little bit better at holding onto possession at certain times, and the back looked a little shaky, sure, but overall solid performance away from home.


The set ups to the goals were fantastic. Kagawa's chip was brilliant, and I couldn't believe that the announcer didn't so much as utter Piszczek's name of Ramos' first. That was an absolute beauty of a cross from so far away.
Been seeing some strange comments on player performances against Herne West.

By FAR, the best player on the pitch was Auba. Unbelievable heart, 110% throughout the entire match, a goal, and good defense. He was all over the pitch and coming back to help whenever he could. With the poor defending (marking) that we're having, he was a god send that match.

Ramos did NOT play well. Like others have said, clunky first touches, not much thought in his clearances, BUT he had a nice pass to Auba for the assist (IIRC)

Kagawa played well, but let's all get off this Kagawa is amazing and hes back and we all love him bus and look at him critically. He's not the same player he was, but hopefully he will be able to make a come back to his original form at Dortmund.

Hats off to Subotic for his performance, essentially picking up the slack for what Hummels wasn't able to do. He's got ferocity again.
Honestly I was a bit confused why Ramos was kept on and Immobile subbed off for Kagawa. I thought Ciro was playing well. Oh well Kloppo knows best.

Anyways, rant over. Bad loss, f**k West Herne
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Kagawa is a great combination player. He relies on understanding where his teammates go before they do, and on his teammates knowing what he can do so they start going in the first place.

The reason why he "failed" in Manchester was mostly due to the fact that this mutual understanding was not there/warranted (due to other team play strategies). Even with us it will take time to once again establish that level of understanding between the players involved. So yeah, of course he is not the same player he was, but this isn't so much due to his form (which can still be improved of course, especially with regard to his first touch plays, which were suboptimal sometimes), but more because the situation is different now from what it used to be.

Not trying to outargue you here, just meaning to put a different spin on things to stop the blame train before it gets to leave the station.

I am 100% convinced the understanding will be there again, especially since our forwards are all intelligent and strong on the ball (Auba and Ciro in particular).
If there's a silver lining to the terrible results of late, it's that typically after a bad showing in the Bundesliga we've come back and put on a real performance in the CL. I'm pretty confident that the only way to go from here is up.
Klopp raus!!!

Just kidding, but yeah not much luck lately..
We will come back stronger in the next weeks!
es tut mir leid :(
Congrats for the Bundesliga title 2014/2015.
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Whoa, I missed the games today, I was with family, but another loss? When was the last time we only got 7 points in the first 6 games of the season? The scary thing is that several of out key players were playing today. I saw Mats played poorly today and was replaced in the 80th minute. Not injured again I hope?
Not injured, no. Still receiving some special treatment, hence the early replacement. He was out of place for the first goal, so that was probably on him - but nothing he could do during the second goal. More stable afterwards, so all in all, not his best, but not entirely poor either.

I feel like we currently lack organizational structure during and after standards. I hope Kloppo can use Mats (now that he is back) to come up with something to address this dire issue. Just too many conceded goals after standards. Way too many.
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I agree with you completely Gordon... seems you're one of the only ones keeping a calm head in this little slump we're in currently.

We're not even playing poorly right now, considering the injuries we have. It's just the goals that we're giving away at the moment are completely ludicrous... a combination of misfortune and hasty decision making, not even lack of skill or team cohesion. Take the goal that Schmelle cause last week for example where he places the ball right in front of the attackers feet instead of just clearing it. Or Ramos yesterday passing it back into the middle of the 18 instead of clearing it, even though he was wide open and unpressured.

That we can defend well was already shown in the Arsenal game. And we are still defending well, it just doesn't look that way because we keep conceding crazy unlucky goals or single players are having temporary blackouts.

We will come back and I'm still convinced that we're going to win a trophy this year!
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Ramos should start most games. He's pretty much the only player so far this season who's earned that right.
Well, to be fair, our offense is not an issue. If we are trailing by one/two goals pretty early in the game, the opposing teams of course have the luxury to park the bus, thus making it infinitely more difficult for us to score.

Our biggest problem is out-of-positional defending and lack-of-control midfield play. I think both can and will be fixed later in the season, but by then it may be too late.

Who is to blame? Honestly, no one. With the World Cup this summer and essential players still missing, we simply did not have the same preparation time as other teams, except Bayern. But they were a bit luckier in the sense that their early schedule gave them arguably more favorable early opponents such as Hamburg, Paderborn and Cologne.

I don't think it is fair to condemn everything just because of a few bad, unlucky results. I mean, look at the games we played - it was not all awful. At first we lacked fitness (causing goals like the 0:2 against Leverkusen, where Durm in possession was all too easily pushed aside), as well as the late-in-the-game goals conceded against Augsburg and Freiburg (where btw it was our offense that saved our ass).

Then, we lacked routine, causing the bad oversight and positioning leading to (really stupid and painful to watch) goals from standards such as today and against Stuttgart - couple this with some insecurities of new players and bad luck (Ginter) and you have yourself a nasty start.

I totally understand your frustration, I really do - but don't hand out blame to the team or individuals when they are fighting an uphill battle to begin with. I am convinced we will get better once Kloppo gets enough time with the players and from then on we will see more of the Arsenal game Dortmund we so dearly miss.
Surprising to hear you say this after this last game... Ramos was by far the worst player on the pitch against Schalke.

- Single-handedly gave them the second goal.
- Numerous atrocious passes in the build up play that led to counterattacks for Schalke.
- Huge donkey touch of his chest after a brilliant pass by Kagawa that should have been a goal for sure.

I like the guy- he's had some good games for us thus far... but yesterday was certainly not one of them.
I didn't see that. Admittedly I missed large parts of the first half due to poor internet connection, but in the second half he looked very good on the ball as usual and was major part of most/all of our attacks. Also he sort of made up for his terrible clearance on the second goal conceded by providing the assist for Aubas goal.
Boy, do I have a feeling of deja vu. Again. Every time we're more than 1 goal behind.
I'm officially disgusted. These past 3 performances have been inexcusable. Forget about the title. Playing like this we'll need a miracle to finish in the top 3. People will say "I don't understand the negativity". Well let me spell it out for you. THREE STRAIGHT GAMES that we've dropped points. THREE STRAIGHT. Against supposedly inferior opposition. You cannot say "oh it was just one of those games". THREE STRAIGHT! Just ridiculous.
People will probably point towards our injuries. But that's a joke, seriously. Not an excuse. Against Schalke? Maybe. Even though defensive problems like we had in the first half today are neither explained nor excused with injury problems. However, against opponents like Mainz or Stuttgart? No. Not with this squad, definitely not.
Having players on the pitch who know how to pass the ball is overrated anyway.
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It's not like you need to look where you're kicking the ball...


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14
9
2
11
0
2
4
6
1
12
5
3
8
0
3
3
6
2
11
2
9
11
1
2
3
6
3
10
4
5
9
0
4
2
6
4
10
4
5
9
0
4
2
6
5
10
1
4
5
2
1
3
6
6
9
1
8
9
1
3
2
6
7
9
0
8
8
3
0
3
6
8
8
2
8
10
2
2
2
6
9
8
0
10
10
2
2
2
6
10
8
0
8
8
2
2
2
6
11
7
-2
11
9
3
1
2
6
12
6
-1
3
2
2
3
1
6
13
5
-4
12
8
3
2
1
6
14
5
-5
9
4
3
2
1
6
15
4
-3
9
6
2
4
0
6
16
3
-6
15
9
3
3
0
6
17
2
-7
8
1
4
2
0
6
18
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UEFA Champions League Table

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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

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6
5
0
5
0
0
2
2
1
3
1
3
4
1
0
1
2
2
1
-3
5
2
1
1
0
2
3
1
-3
4
1
1
1
0
2
4

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