Felix Nmecha had little to offer in Marcel Sabitzer’s absence
Felix Nmecha came on to replace Marcel Sabitzer following the Austrian’s injury in the first half. But his presence was almost unnoticed as he failed to dictate the rhythm in midfield or offer any support defensively.
The Germany international was ineffective in progression or creating chances, and offered Warren Zaïre-Emery and Vitinha plenty of space to work with the ball.
More specifically, he looked lazy and lethargic while defending PSG’s second goal, allowing too much space for Vitinha and Hakimi to play a one-two around him. That goal pretty much ended any chance BVB had of coming back – a fatal mistake from the young midfielder.
Sabitzer has not been able to make any waves so far, but his experience and skills qualify him to be a starter at Borussia Dortmund. But if his injury persists, does Nmecha have the ability to bounce back and take charge of the midfield in the veteran’s absence? Based on the evidence so far, it doesn’t seem very likely.
Borussia Dortmund’s strategy to go with a back five worked well in the first-half, but the risk of conceding was always higher than the unlikely reward of finding a smash and grab win. And PSG flexed their muscle early in the second half to claim the vital three points.
Terzić’s game plan was done for after the two PSG goals, and forced BVB to increase the pressure, which allowed the home side to control the tempo.
The lack of effectiveness in exploiting the spaces PSG left on the flanks was also a big issue, making BVB look ineffective up front. The ordinary individual performances in midfield did not help, as Felix Nmecha especially had a day to forget.
Overall, it is inevitable that BVB fans have more questions than answers. The pressure is growing, and Terzić and the players must find solutions quickly if they aspire to survive this group.