Dortmund 0:1 Hannover
The season has really become a story of Jekyll and Hyde between the team's showings in Europe and in the league. This game was actually a big improvement on the showings against HSV and Koln, at least on the defensive side of things, but the finishing remains as poor as ever. At least 3-4 good chances were spurned, the ref didn't help proceedings either with his no calls on the Heno and PEA incidents.
Unbelievable how after so much possession and time on the ball that the team still creates so little and concedes some of the softest goals you're ever likely to see which end up losing the game, this has been a reoccurring theme every single week and it's just ridiculous how the luck won't ever change it seems. As I said before, almost every team in Germany has worked out how to beat Dortmund, with the exception of Augsburg and Leverkusen, every team has parked the bus in front of their goal and had success with it. In the CL, teams have had more of an ego (except Anderlecht who were just unlucky and didn't have enough quality to win IMO) and tried to attack Dortmund which they were punished for because of the spaces they left behind. It's only a matter of time before teams in Europe notice how to play Dortmund too, although I'm hopeful it doesn't happen in the KO stages since most teams are too proud to play defensive against a club like Dortmund, except Atletico or Chelsea who I would fear the most of facing anyways for that very reason.
7 points out of a possible 27 is staggeringly bad and now 9 points adrift of fourth place. Hard to see things improving very soon either, but at least against Bayern and Gladbach, there will be teams who will actually try to play attacking football and leave themselves open at the back which Dortmund are still capable of punishing as they've shown in Europe.
Away to St. Pauli in mid week first for the Pokal tie, need to win that and keep the progress in the cup competitions going whilst a solution to the league form is still being searched for.
R.I.P. Tito Vilanova