Three takeaways from Borussia Dortmund’s draw against AC Milan

Borussia Dortmund captain Emre Can. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund failed to make the most of their possession on Wednesday as they could only manage a goalless draw against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund currently sit bottom of their UEFA Champions league group following a loss away to PSG and a draw against AC Milan. While in the draw at the Westfalenstadion, the Black and Yellows at least tried to attack and put in a decently disciplined performance, there are still reasons to worry.

Edin Terzic’s side will now likely need to win at least one of two away games in Newcastle or the San Siro to guarantee Champions League football beyond the turn of the year.

The game against Milan on Wednesday saw few clear cut chances as Borussia Dortmund’s shots mostly came from distance and a few set-pieces. Here are three takeaways from the goalless draw.

Edin Terzic made some questionable substitutions

Borussia Dortmund’s subs in this game were questionable at best. Edin Terzic appears to have learned the wrong lessons from his time coaching with BVB’s repeated lack of goals from substitutes who came on after the 80th minute.

With Brandt and Reus coming off in the 64th and 72nd minute respectively, Terzic took off both of the team’s creators.

This led to poor decision making in the final third, with all of Karim Adeyemi, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Felix Nmecha being more prone to over-dribbling and shots from distance than chance creation. This issue is not entirely down to the head coach but that will be discussed in the third takeaway.