Lothar Matthäus lists reasons for Borussia Dortmund’s poor start to the season

Lothar Matthäus. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Lothar Matthäus. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images) /

Lothar Matthäus believes that a number of factors are behind Borussia Dortmund’s poor start to the season, that has seen them draw two of their opening three matches in the Bundesliga.

The Bundesliga makes its return this weekend, and the pressure is mounting on Borussia Dortmund. The Black and Yellows have dropped points against VfL Bochum and Heidenheim, and already find themselves four points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings. Lothar Matthäus has had his say on BVB’s disappointing start, and has listed a number of factors behind it.

In an interview with Ruhr Nachrichten, the former Germany captain said:

"“The performances have been poor, five points against these opponents are not enough. The end of last season probably still plays a role. That might still be in their heads.”“Then, Jude Bellingham, the player who often made the difference last season is gone. Haller is not scoring, Süle, Can, they are not yet in the shape of last season. With Malen and Adeyemi, I miss the fluidity.”“There is a little bit missing everywhere. And then there was also a bit of arrogance against Heidenheim.”"

Matthäus also believes that with Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin strengthening their squads, Borussia Dortmund would do well to look at the teams behind them rather than focusing on Bayern Munich.

"“They weren’t really the chasers in all eleven seasons, but last season everyone was happy that they were.”“I think Dortmund has to make sure that they remain the number one hunter. In terms of budget and names, they are, but Leverkusen, Leipzig, and maybe Union, they have reinforced their squads well. I would rather look behind than just at where Bayern are.”"

Borussia Dortmund will hope to return to winning ways this weekend, but a tough test against SC Freiburg away from home lies in store for them. Edin Terzic’s side will then travel to France to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

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Strong performances and results in the next two games would certainly go a long way in helping BVB get back on track. But failure to deliver would heap more pressure on the team.