Borussia Dortmund player ratings from dismal defeat to Augsburg

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Borussia Dortmund fell completely flat against Augsburg on match day two in a very disappointing performance, losing 2-0.

Borussia Dortmund had a lot of early pressure in this game but failed to make anything out of it, allowing Augsburg to stay in the game. It was only a matter of time before Dortmund’s defensive errors costed them. While Dortmund dominated possession, they failed to make any real high danger chances until it was too late. Augsburg took advantage on a free kick in the 40th minute and caught the Dortmund back line napping on a cross. They then added a second in the 54th minute on a counter attack that neither Meunier or Bürki defended properly.

Lucien Favre and his players will face a lot of criticism for this performance. The theme of last year was that Dortmund didn’t seem to take lower quality sides serious enough and it always ended up costing them. It was the same thing today, Dortmund don’t bring their A-game against a lower side, they only seem to do it against higher competition.

Here are our player ratings for Dortmund’s poor performance against Augsburg.

Roman Bürki (4.5/10)

Roman Bürki wasn’t the only one at fault for both Augsburg goals but he definitely could have done more on both. The first Augsburg goal was a header off a free-kick that was in tight to Bürki’s goal. It should definitely have been defended better but if Bürki was alert right away, the ball was definitely close enough that he could have jumped off his line to punch out.

The second goal, again poor defending and marking, but Caligiuri was wrapped up in a 50/50 battle with Meunier and still trying to dribble. Bürki had every opportunity to come off his line and pressure Caligiuri. Had he came out further and put pressure on him Bürki likely would have been able to cut out Caligiuri’s dribbling as he was battling Meunier. Neither goal is 100% on him, but he absolutely could have done more on both.