Borussia Dortmund moved back to within seven points behind league leaders Bayern Munich after beating Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Emre Can scored the only goal as the club won in an unusual manner as they had to rely on an unlikely source for the game’s winner.
Here is a few points to be taken from the home win over Hertha:
ABSENCE OF HAALAND
For the first in his absence, Dortmund needed the services of Erling Braut Haaland. The forward missed his second consecutive game due to a knee injury suffered during ‘Der Klassiker.’
Dortmund looked lost going forward in the first half and had little options to help penetrate through the Hertha defence, who were well grounded on the pitch.
FLUIDITY AMONG THE FRONT THREE
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The trio of Julian Brandt, Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard played with some harmony for the best part of the game they stayed together on the pitch.
Beautiful interchanges amongst the three and often swapping position to make something out of nothing. Though they struggled in the first half, the second 45 minutes was better, as Brandt assisted Emre Can for the only goal of the game.
SLOPPY IN FRONT OF GOAL
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The Black and Yellows had so many opportunities in both halves but failed to convert them.
Achraf Hakimi, Hazard and Sancho all had opportunities to be on the scoresheet but their efforts were either poorly taken or wasted too much on the ball. A complacent performance many would likened it to be.
A club which looks more sharp on the attack would punish Dortmund for such mistakes.
‘TINY’ REYNA NEEDS TO MATURE
Since the return of the Bundesliga, Giovanni Reyna has had chances coming his way though none have been as a starter.
He looks soft on the ball and most often dispossessed. He would need to be smart in his decision making while on the ball, if he is to challenge for a starting XI spot.