Category: German Bundesliga

RB Leipzig rally to deny Dortmund 100% record in Bundesliga

RB Leipzig came from behind to win 3-2 and deny Borussia Dortmund an unbeaten start to their Bundesliga season, with both sides having a man sent off in the second half.

The entertaining match at Westfalenstadion also marked an end to Dortmund’s 41-game unbeaten streak at home in the Bundesliga, and began with a goal from the German top flight’s current top scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang after just four minutes.

The Gabon international stole the ball off Stefan Ilsanker for break, and had no trouble in slotting it into the far corner for his first goal. However, Leipzig struck back through Marcel Sabitzer, and Yussuf Poulsen  gave Leipzig the Bulls lead before half-time.

Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos was then sent off shortly after the break and Jean-Kevin Augustin extended Leipzig’s lead from the penalty spot, before the visitors also went down to ten-men after Stefan Ilsanker received a second yellow card in the 56th minute.

Nonetheless, while Aubameyang managed to pull a goal back for Dortmund shortly afterwards by converting a VAR-approved penalty, the skipper could not find the net again even as Dortmund threw everything at the visitors in the closing stages in an attempt to preserve their unbeaten run.

Although Peter Bosz’s team would remain top of the table following the first breach of the Yellow Wall since April 2015 —when Jurgen Klopp was still in charge — their lead was now cut to two points by Bayern Munich, who thrashed Freiburg 5-0 in Jupp Heynckes’ first game in charge as manager.

It was also clear that Bosz was not happy with his team’s performance.

“We played too many backwards balls — that is not our game — and we defended badly,” the Dutchman said after the match. “We had a lot of trouble with Leipzig’s pressing, particularly in the first half. We tried to change that in the second half but then we went 3-1 behind and the red card happened.”

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig — runners up to Bayern last season — move up to third in the table, three points off top spot.

Borussia Dortmund maintains suspension on Ousmane Dembele

Borussia Dortmund has suspended Ousmane Dembele from playing indefinitely “until further notice” on Sunday for skipping training.

Dembele, who is linked with a possible move to FC Barcelona, was initially fined and suspended until Monday for missing Thursday’s training before having his sentence being extended indefinitely.

“Borussia Dortmund have decided to maintain the player Ousmane Dembele’s suspension from team training until further notice,” the Bundesliga outfit said in a statement.

Dortmund, who had reportedly met with Barca’s representatives in the negotiation for a deal, announced that they had rejected opening offer for the France international on the same day they announced Dembele’s initial ban.

The Bundesliga club said that FC Barcelona’s offer did not met their valuation of the player.

“Our focus is now on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match in Wolfsburg this coming weekend,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement. “Ousmane Dembele of course has the option to train separately from the group.”

Dembele, 20, is considered one of the top talents in Europe, has been hotly pursued by the Spanish giants to fill the void left by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million).

German tabloid Bild reported that Dortmund desire to follow in the footsteps of inflated player prices, by demanding an eye-watering 150 million Euros for their rising star, a price Barca have bristled at.

Dembele himself his made clear he is keen to join the Catalans, and German media have suggested his no-show at training may have been intended to put pressure on the negotiations.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund part ways with Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has left his position as coach of Borussia Dortmund,  after leading Dortmund to victory in the DFB-Pokal final three days ago, has parted company with the club after two seasons in charge.

Dortmund and Tuchel had decided “go their separate ways with immediate effect” was made at a meeting on Tuesday between club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, club sporting director Michael Zorc, as well as Tuchel and his agent.

The Dortmund statement read: “We’d like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching team for their successful work at BVB, which culminated in the DFB-Pokal win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin on Saturday. We would like to wish Thomas all the best in his career.”

Dortmund said they would not comment on the reasons behind the split from Tuchel, who still had a year left on his contract. They said it was the “result of a long process”.

Tuchel led Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt to win the German DFB-Pokal last Saturday. However, the victory, which earned his only trophy with the club, clearly did not protect Tuchel’s time at the club amidst continued reports of a strained relationship with the board.

Tuchel also confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that he had left the club.

“I am grateful for two beautiful, eventful and exciting years,” he wrote. “Too bad that it does not go [on]. Thanks to the fans, to the team, to the staff and to all who supported us. Wishes the @BVB all the best. TT.”

The relationship between Tuchel and the club’s hierarchy, in particular Watzke, were openly strained since the bomb attack on the Dortmund coach before their Champions League game with Monaco last month.

The match in Dortmund was postponed and played the following day, with Tuchel making his anger clear over the decision to play the game so soon. While the coach was mostly furious at UEFA over the incident, the  governing body said Dortmund had agreed to the rearrangement of the game, implying that Dortmund’s hierarchy did not run consult the team before assenting to UEFA’s decisions.