Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Key talking points

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate their goal against Leverkusen. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund players celebrate their goal against Leverkusen. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) /
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Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund’s attack stumbles in terms of finishing opportunities

Earlier on in the piece we mentioned the fact that this game was everything one would’ve expected in terms of a clash between BVB and Leverkusen, except for the number of goals after 90 minutes of play. Both teams fielded a plethora of talent that should of course be producing some entertaining displays. That being said, while Dortmund’s attack did create a plethora of scoring opportunities (14 to be exact), there was still a lack of the necessary clinical edge to put those chances away.

In one sense, this is a problem that was first identified during pre season. Pre-season games against Valencia and Villareal were filled with crisp build up play only for the final touch or shot to go wide of the mark. This was often the case against Leverkusen as well.

Even with the only goal of the game, it took a scramble in front of the box for Reus to eventually make sure the ball fully went over the line. The build up play from Youssoufa Moukoko in this instance of play was excellent. The finish was frenetic, however, which made it seem far more difficult than it should have been.

The main change in terms of threat happened after Adeyemi’s injury and substitution. This broke Dortmund’s flow, as his replacement Thorgan Hazard didn’t bring the same level of intensity to the front line. He was also often caught by surprise during counter attacks which slowed Dortmund’s progress. Plus, he missed a golden chance early in the second half.

Luckily for Dortmund, Adeyemi’s injury does not look to be too serious, which means that we will likely see the German international back in action very soon. It will be imperative for him to get more time up front with both Donyell Malen and Moukoko in order for the necessary synergy between the players to develop.