Updated on March 4th, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
Actually, the game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and BVB had all the signs for a real cup fight. In the end, however, there was little flow of the game. And the really big coaching story of the cup evening did not materialize either. But at least: BVB is heading in the right direction in the weeks of truth.
Very few fans have anything against a real cup fight. Knockout games, the Cup’s own laws, surprise successes by the underdogs – all of these things make the DFB-Pokal a more interesting competition than the Bundesliga, where the winner is usually Bayern Munich.
Admittedly: in the round of 16 between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach, the emphasis was very much on the “fight”. Especially in the first half you could watch a dissolute game with fouls every minute.
Real flow of the game rarely emerged, also because both teams were very compact defensively. Unlike in previous games, BVB relied less on the high Terzic pressing, but instead left the ball to the Gladbach team again and again. The foals, however, were rarely able to create anything substantial, so the game was poor except for Thuram’s offside goal shortly before the break was at goal opportunities.
A lot of fighting, offside goals, a dismissal
In short, you could see quite a beating in places, which BVB was finally able to win in the second round through a perfectly played counter-goal by Jadon Sancho.
In addition to the only goal of the game, that second round also offered significantly more entertainment in terms of football and dramaturgy. It was still a physical game, but with several good Gladbach opportunities and a missing Haaland goal on the Dortmund side, both teams offered significantly more offensively.
An unnecessary yellow-red card for Mo Dahoud and the very emotional final phase brought a lot of fire into the game at the end, which even caused the otherwise stoic Aki Watzke in the stands to shut up for an angry shout -Tear protection from the face.
Duel between Terzic and Rose
The big story about the round of 16 would not even be addressed. After all, it was also the duel between interim coach Edin Terzic and future BVB coach Marco Rose.
To keep it short: even if this explosive constellation was discussed again and again in advance, it would be presumptuous to associate the departure of the Gladbachers with it in any way. At no point did you get the impression that the foals wouldn’t follow their trainer one hundred percent – and that wasn’t to be expected.
Terzic probably summed it up best when he answered the question about the coaching duel very firmly: “Today Borussia Dortmund won against Borussia Mönchengladbach”.
Gladbach, Munich, Seville – the weeks of truth for BVB
For BVB, getting ahead is another step in a good direction. However, captain Marco Reus warned again that the goal of a promising development is still far from being reached. As before, it has to be a matter of putting a foundation of certain basic virtues on the pitch game after game. This is the only way to build on and release the enormous talent of the squad on this basis.
Nonetheless, Dortmund should be satisfied with the fact that they showed a good mentality in a real cup fight – after all, in the recent past they had to be reproached for the lack of this mentality often enough. With the classic against FC Bayern on Saturday evening – probably without the top performers Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro, both of whom are struggling with muscular problems – the ultimate test awaits the black and yellow.
The subsequent Champions League second leg against Sevilla FC should not even be mentioned. In Munich in particular, the Borussia have repeatedly made indisputable appearances in recent years. Now you have the opportunity to turn a positive trend into a solid series.