DORTMUND, Germany — Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer described his group’s efficiency as “absolute impudence” amid a house loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday.
The Black and Yellows noticed their winless streak prolonged to eight video games within the Bundesliga, throughout which era they’ve plummeted from first to seventh place, and Sport Bild and different German shops reported that coach Peter Bosz could be sacked on Sunday following the most recent setback.
However a visibly indignant Schmelzer mentioned after the sport that the hassle of the gamers was sorely missing and deserving of the supporters’ jeers.
“Now is just not the time for phrases however it’s time for us gamers to bust our butts,” Schmelzer mentioned. “I am not within the temper to speak about what occurred at present. I am simply pissed off about how we current ourselves right here at dwelling. It is extraordinarily annoying.
“Three days in the past, I mentioned that it is good for everybody to play in Madrid [in the Champions League] however it’s about displaying the eagerness within the Bundesliga’s on a regular basis life and wanting to attain the turnaround, which is why I discover it fully comprehensible that the followers boo.
“When you do every thing in your energy however you shoot the ball towards your teammate’s head thrice and don’t win some extent due to that, then it is OK — however if you happen to current your self the way in which we did at present barring the 15 minutes once we truly performed soccer, that is an absolute impudence.”
Schmelzer didn’t search fault together with his coach, nevertheless, saying: “The coach is the poorest sod. It is us gamers, who shoot the ball out of bounds, who don’t defend the objectives, who cannot defend set items. The coach cannot sub himself on and rating the objectives himself.
“I am sorry if I maintain repeating myself on a weekly foundation however it’s us gamers [who are at fault] and at present’s recreation is annoying me a lot.”
Bosz had described the match towards 17th-placed Bremen as a “must-win” however the hosts had been trailing 1-Zero at halftime, having recorded solely three tried pictures, of which two had been blocked.
Regardless of three formation modifications within the first half, Dortmund couldn’t discover methods to unlock Bremen’s defensive block whereas their very own timid defending allowed Maximilian Eggestein to carry the guests in entrance after 25 minutes.
Requested if he would you criticise the group’s angle within the first half, the 29-year-old replied: “What would you say? It is an absolute impudence the way in which we offered ourselves within the first half.”
BVB confirmed a special angle popping out of the locker room within the second half, with Nuri Sahin and Andre Schurrle changing the hapless Andrey Yarmolenko and Raphael Guerreiro. Within the 57th minute, they made their dominance rely and equalised with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushing the ball over the road.
Dortmund, nevertheless, failed to show the screw additional and Bremen scored a deserved winner with 25 minutes to spare as Theodor Gebre Selassie headed dwelling a nook.
Requested what Dortmund did higher through the minutes they held the higher hand over Bremen, Schmelzer mentioned: “We truly performed soccer in these 10-15 minutes. Everybody supplied himself [as a passing option], everybody wished to show this recreation round, serving to one another out, displaying choices to the teammate who had the ball.
“In fact, it is no enjoyable for the followers if we all the time move the ball backwards but when the gamers transfer as little as we did within the first half — and likewise after the equaliser — as if we had already gained it — then it is inconceivable [to move the ball forward]. Bremen confirmed us how two strikers can succeed towards 4 or 5 opponents up entrance by merely shifting.
“As I mentioned, it additionally labored towards Madrid however we have now to get it into our heads that this has to additionally work within the Bundesliga — not solely within the Champions League. You possibly can solely play within the Champions League if you happen to do your homework within the Bundesliga.”
And the left-back urged his teammates to take extra pleasure of their efficiency regardless of the run of poor outcomes.
“It is time for us to drag our heads out of our behinds and present on the pitch that we’re there. We should play soccer,” he mentioned. “In fact, it is a s—y state of affairs however no person needs to be afraid to play soccer. That is our job.
“Bremen confirmed us the way it’s accomplished. They wished to play soccer even when issues obtained robust for them. They wished to maneuver the ball from the again, their gamers made the runs to be open. They helped one another out — and that is what we have now to grasp: that that is the one manner.”
Dortmund had been in the same poor run through the 2014-15 marketing campaign beneath Jurgen Klopp, which yielded with the group being positioned backside of the desk earlier than the eventual turnaround of type. Nonetheless, Schmelzer refused to attract any parallels to the time three years in the past.
“This is the reason I’m so vexed,” he mentioned. “Three years in the past, we regularly performed effectively however had been unfortunate to lose video games. Right now was merely unacceptable.”
Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.