Blog Post, Borussia Dortmund, Clubs

Peter Bosz made a number of tactical decisions that Hannover was able to exploit.

Another week, another walk on the Bosz side. I don’t want to be unkind to Peter Bosz, but the sheer Groundhog Day repetitiveness of it all is staggering. Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 defeat at Hannover was a compendium of all that is wrong — and is increasingly being exploited by opponents — with the Bosz approach.

Roman Burki making another bad decision prompted by no defensive cover and giving away a silly penalty? Check. A defensive line that’s so absurdly high that they’re actually in the opposition half (meaning there is no offside)? Check.

A needless red card for an 18-year-old defender (Dan-Axel Zagadou) who shouldn’t be thrown in at the deep end in the first place and then gets exposed because he doesn’t step up? Check. Sending hordes of bodies up the pitch but creating little save for individual initiatives? Check.

Bosz said afterwards they played “soft,” which is sort of a catch-all excuse. The thing is that “playing hard” isn’t going to change the fact that opponents appear to have figured him out — and we’re only in October.

Click here for Marcotti’s thoughts on Real Madrid’s woes, Jose Mourinho’s tactics against Tottenham Hotspur and other happenings in European football this past week.

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