Short three goals Borussia Dortmund achieved in the last four obligatory games. An adequate alternative to the injury-prone medium storm Paco Alcazar is not in sight. The fact that the BVB managers did not close this gap in the summer could jeopardise the season goals and is also up to coach Lucien Favre.
Against Borussia Monkngladbach Paco Alcazar manages to get back into the BVB’s box. But the coal had to pull others out of the fire in the Cup game.
After the Spaniard had eliminated Achilles’heel problems for the last week, Lucien Favre would probably only have resorted to him in the most extreme emergency. Because with Julian Brandt, the nominal ten of the Dortmund, in view of his position in the formation of the 1:1 also with luck, tied a double pack, He did not enter.
Alcazar was allowed to stay on the bench for the entire 90 minutes and after the whistle with his teammates to celebrate the entry into the eighth finals.
BVB again and again without Paco Alcazar
The fact that Alcazar is not available to the BVB has no rarity. Five games in a series the 26-year-old missed last. Alcazar also fell out of harm’s way in the past season. From the robustness of his predecessors Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the only 1,75-metre-long attacker is far away.
There is no real backup for Alcazar in the otherwise at least twice-occupied Dortmund Kader in every position. Even though experts encouraged the commitment of another real niner in the summer, those responsible remained inactive in the Trans-Farm Market.
Rumors of interest in Croatian Vice-World Champion Mario Mandzukic of Juventus Turin wiped BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke with the hint from the table, a headstrong Sometimes thunderstorms lead to “simplifying your game”. Mandzukic remained in Italy.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s storm tank Sebastien Haller was also connected to the BVB, but eventually switched to the English Premier League to West Ham United.
Didn’t Lucien Favre want another stormer?
Favre, in accordance with his game philosophy, pressed to succeed with agile players and flat short-playing, also not to commit to an alternative to Alcazar.
On the contrary: According to “kicker” the Swiss explicitly opposed such a transfer, he saw “no need” for it. The club bosses would then have refrained from “enforcing their directive competence,” The decision of that time fell not only on the BVB’s feet in the last few weeks. In the important matches in the Champions League at Inter Milan and in the Bundesliga-Revierderby on Schalke, the Black Yellow did not appear harmless for as long. The statisticians noted in both games only a 13-goal summary –far too little for a team with the ambitions of Borussia.
“It was difficult for Dortmund today to shoot a goal because nobody wanted to box”, It was Schalke’s goalkeeper Alexander Njell who brought the problem to the point.
While Mario Godze struggled in vain against the archrival Mario Godze in the storm center, in Milan the interplay between Brandt and Thorgan Hazard in the front did not work. In the Cup against Gladbach, Jacob Bruun Larsen remained extremely pale in his unusual position and was replaced after 63 minutes. Marco Reus, due to his final strength on the paper, still the best emergency solution for the Nine, is much more valuable behind the tip.
Michael Zorc does not exclude winter transfer
The next opportunity to follow in the attack personally offered the BVB in January when the transfer window reopens. However, as you know, the market is difficult in winter.
Although the Dortmund 2017/2018 made good experiences with Michy Batshuayi’s loan after the Aubameyang exit. It is doubtful whether a transfer that makes the team stronger, at least in width, could be achieved in the current situation.
Nevertheless, sports director Michael Zorc did not categorically rule out a follow-up obligation. However, it is also a matter of “availability and possibilities”.
For the time being, however, the BVB has no choice but to hope that Alcazar will be fit again as soon as possible and will remain in the long term. Or that one of the auxiliary storms shoots the gates.