Different game, same crap. It's been a running theme all season long.
I don't want to hear anyone try and justify what we're seeing for 2 hours every time BVB have a game. There is no width in the attack, all 4 attacking players are stationed centrally and offer no off the ball movement hence why every foray forward breaks down within 2 or 3 small passes (and why the defense often opts for the long ball approach from the back), the midfielders casually jog back and don't work hard enough in defense, the entire team is too far apart on the pitch and passes are often forced because of this which leads to all the lost balls, and the defense is too rash majority of the time which lead to 1v1 opportunities for other teams to score from.
All in all, from top to bottom, it is an absolute mess and the excuses for Klopp have run out I'm afraid. Nothing has changed over a 6 week winter break, the problems in both attack and defense are still there regardless of who's playing, and all the key players apart from Kuba are fit. There is just no actual plan here and it just boggles me as to how this can carry on for so long without anything ever being changed. We play the same way we did on matchday 1 of the season and have only gotten 2 wins from the last 16 games yet there is no pressure, no heat, no changes, nothing. Just a running circus every single time the players enter the pitch.
Looking at the faces of players like Sahin, Kagawa, and Aubameyang, I don't even see people that genuinely care about the situation the club is even in. These guys already look like they're pondering about their summer move and next paycheck, both in the way they play and their facial expressions. Hopefully we get rid of such players this summer, those who aren't loyal and don't give their all each game have no place at this club any longer. Radical changes can surely be expected at this point.
The players and the management need to take a serious long look at themselves and figure out where the issues are. It's impossible for anyone there not to notice what's going wrong. Klopp needs to go back to the basics, play with proper wingers, and get this team playing the way it knows best. It's hard to believe that the most exciting counter attacking team in Europe turned into....this. Whatever this is, I wouldn't know where to begin explaining how bad this team looks now. It just looks like a bunch of kids who are getting together to play for the first time and it looks like that EVERY week, it's truly beyond me how a team with these kind of players can have no chemistry whatsoever.
It's going to be difficult to get out of this rut, especially now that it's been dragged on for so long. If nothing changes soon, I hope Klopp will at least have the guts to drop some of these players and bring in some of the U-23 guys instead. They can't do any worse and they'll fight their heart out for the club, some passion needs to be restored into this lifeless team. Even Klopp himself doesn't look as enthusiastic as he used to.
One more thing, would like to say that I thought Hummels showed the most spirit today. Gave it his all and tried to carry the team forward every time he got the ball. If the others showed his kind of effort, maybe things wouldn't be this bad. At least you know with someone like him he genuinely cares about this club, can't say the same for many of the others. Good on the fans to give them some deserved boos.
Credit to Augsburg as well, they did well to hang on with 10 men and they are having a fantastic season so far. Weinzierl certainly is a very good coach and he's proven himself as one by now.
R.I.P. Tito Vilanova