Dhe one was aiming for the next mandatory victory after the 3-0 win in the Bundesliga over FC Schalke 04 and the 2-0 in the Champions League over Zenit St. Petersburg, the others wanted to show what they could do after three defeats are capable of playing in the highest national league.
On Saturday, Arminia Bielefeld felt ready to start the actually unequal fight against Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga crown prince behind the series champions FC Bayern Munich. The good home record of the DSC in this Westphalian derby, which spoke for the DSC after the previous first-class duels (ten wins, five draws, two defeats), but also the confidence that BVB had grown on a very good day gave encouragement. It was inspired by the fact that Dortmund had to do without its center forward Erling Haaland, a force of nature in the best form, due to knee problems.
All Bielefeld theory remained gray, however, because Dortmund’s central defender Mats Hummels consistently used his two chances to score a 2-0 win for Borussia, who were still playing for the best places (53./71 . Minute). The Arminia, on the other hand, is oriented towards relegation places after the fourth defeat in a row. She defended herself bravely for a long time, but had nothing to offer offensively.
Coach Uwe Neuhaus, assistant coach at the Black and Yellows between 2008 and 2014 and valued there in the role of the second man as he is at the DSC today, had a rendezvous with his past as did U21 national player Amos Pieper, who played for BVB for over six and a half years and won three German championships as A and B youth players. But nostalgia and a happy hello when we meet again on Saturday was only marginal.
Bielefeld changed its basic tactical scheme and switched from the standard 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2. As usual in this football week, BVB competed in a 4-2-3-1 – with Brandt as a tactile Haaland replacement in the middle of the attack. Both coaches had bet on some changes compared to the previous game: Arminia sent four new players onto the pitch, Borussia five, which for coach Lucien Favre is something like the normal rotation case in these exhausting weeks.
This encounter between the table fourteenth and a top team before the break did not get rolling. Dortmund dominated, but for a long time pretty template-like against an Arminia who was defensive from head to toe. The bulwark, organized by van der Hoorn and Nilsson, held up until the 45th minute against BVB, who had only two great opportunities when Ortega parried Delaney’s long-range shot (6th) and Akanji pushed the ball past the goal (41st).
The Dortmund opening goal gave the up until then very attentive Arminen defense to BVB when Hummels was completely free after a Sancho corner kick and scored the 1-0 with his thigh. A simple exercise for the Dortmund defense chief. An offensive response from the Armines was a long time coming. And so Mats Hummels was able to demonstrate his final quality once again when Reus had flanked and the 2014 world champion used a header to make it 2-0.
The man of the day had to be substituted for Piszczek shortly before the end of the match (86th). Replacing it in an emergency is likely to be one of the most difficult exercises for the rotation trainer Favre. “The Mats has good healing meat”, Julian Brandt gave the all-clear.