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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

BVB “always makes it very complicated”

Mats Hummels was dissatisfied with his team’s performance in the Champions League after Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against FC Sevilla. “Football is actually a simple game,” analyzed the 33-year-old primevideo: “But we always make it very complicated.”

“It wasn’t a good game from us,” admitted the centre-back after the draw against Sevilla: “We started to press a little better after the 1-0.” Then Dortmund managed to put pressure on Sevilla and play dominantly.

Except for the phase between the 25th and 45th minute, the 2014 world champion didn’t see much that was good from BVB: “After half-time we certainly lost 20 balls slightly and left the game completely open. That was against one unsettled team at home in front of 80,000 spectators completely unnecessary. We lost the ball unnecessarily – I’ll phrase it carefully”. You were far too passive against the ball.

When asked why that would be, Hummels replied: “Game intelligence. Not enough. I’m sorry, Sevilla are unsettled right now, we didn’t manage to build up pressure, we always played into tight spaces.” It has to get into the minds of some players “that football doesn’t have to be sexy”. Instead, it is about choosing simple solutions.

“René Maric once said that a player always does the right thing and not sometimes just the special thing,” Hummels gave an insight into the speeches of his former assistant coach.

Mats Hummels: “Would like to talk about football content”

But he didn’t want to give too many such insights. “I would also like to talk about football here, very substantively,” said Hummels, somewhat disappointed: “The only problem is that the usual suspects make such a big issue out of it that it doesn’t work.” It’s “a bit of a shame because it takes away a lot of the content-related discussions. But I also don’t feel like there’s a headline in the newspaper after every game.”

Next Sunday BVB will continue in the Bundesliga. Then the difficult away game at leaders Union Berlin is on the program.


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