The Troubles Borussia Dortmund have reached new heights.
As a result of the latest downward trend, Dortmund has sacked its head coach Lucien Favre. The 63-year-old took over the side in July 2018 but was never able to satisfy the club’s demands of winning a title.
Poor league performances are endangering Borussia’s aim of qualifying for the Champions League at the end of this season, the club announced, and the team hasn’t developed as expected.
It seems uncertain if Favre’s sacking will lead to an improvement in the situation. The entire club seems in a crisis with key players out of form, and team leader Mats Hummels spoke about the “senseless football we play.”
Team captain Marco Reus complained that, “We’re a team that can’t defend.”
The statements of both team leaders seem to have influenced the decision, in addition to the impression that the coach had lost his team’s trust.
The club confirmed assistant coach Edin Terzic will act as interim manager until a new head coach is found for next season. The 38-year-old has been assistant coach of West Ham and Besiktas Istanbul, but never supervised a first division side.
The former amateur striker is said to get along well with young footballers as he represents an open attacking style.
Rumors suggest Moenchengladbach coach Marco Rose is a possible BVB target.
The 5-1 defeat against VfB Stuttgart leaves the side fifth, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Dortmund have won only one of their past five games in the German top flight. The run has included three defeats.
Dortmund might have secured their place in the Champions League last 16 as Group F winners, but in the absence of injured top scorer Erling Braut Haaland, they have only taken one point from their past three league games.
Dortmund’s dependency on the Norwegian forward seems to reveal the shortage of back-up solutions. Critics claim the coach hasn’t found a convincing plan B after the forward was side-lined due to an injury.
Borussia’s game lacks depth and robustness. With 10 goals (plus two assists), the 20-year-old has scored nearly half of the clubs’ goals (22/23), not to mention his six strikes in four Champions League encounters.
The Swiss failed to convince his team to follow his cautious way despite finishing as runners-up twice in two season in the Bundesliga. “We must not underestimate our quality, but we shouldn’t overestimate it either,” he said. The reserved Favre never won the people’s hearts.
Others claim Favre was not always treated fairly as he can’t be compared to club idol Juergen Klopp. Since the current Liverpool manager left in 2015, Dortmund has struggled to find a suitable successor.
Favre says the goal of winning titles can’t only be placed on the young players’ shoulders. Others say a promising team must do better if the coach can extract more enthusiasm.
Having sacked the Swiss after the first half of the season won’t entirely make things better. Too many of the team’s performers lack leadership and consistency.
After Hummels demanded they develop “some of that famous Bayern spirit,” the defender presented an alarming picture blaming teammates.
“We take the risk when it doesn’t matter. We lose too many balls; we lack team spirit. We only rely on individual class rather than teamwork,” the 31-year-old said.
Key players aren’t taking responsibility, Hummels added.