Borussia Dortmund Hinrunde Player Ratings: Midfielders

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As the Bundesliga goes into its customary winter break, we take a look at how the Borussia Dortmund players performed individually in the first half of the season.

It has been a stop-start season so far for Borussia Dortmund, with a number of good performances masked by some sloppy and lacklustre displays. Giving away leads has been the main theme of the Black and Yellows’ Bundesliga campaign so far. And they find themselves seven points behind league leaders RB Leipzig as a result.

Since we are at the half-way point of the season, its time to take a look at how the Borussia Dortmund players fared during the Hinrunde. In this post, we assess the midfielders.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – OCTOBER 05: Axel Witsel of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on October 05, 2019 in Freiburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images)

Axel Witsel (7/10)

Witsel started the season really well and was one of the team’s better performers in the early weeks of the campaign. He added his usual class, composure and control to Borussia Dortmund’s midfield, much like last season. But he also ventured forward more often, and got three goals and three assists to his name. His volley against Freiburg was nothing short of spectacular, as he found the top corner with an outrageous first time finish from a corner.

As the games started to pile up, Witsel started to show signs of tiredness. As a result, he wasn’t as reliable and dominant in some of the games. He suffered a facial injury from an accident at home earlier this month, and has been out of action since then. Hopefully, he will be ready to come back before the start of the second half of the season.

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