Entertaining Dortmund give goose bumps but defensive frailties a concern

Peter Bosz’s side let slip a 2-0 lead at Frankfurt as injuries and suspensions hit the backline in a Bundesliga season that is opening up into a three-way fight

After Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead at Eintracht Frankfurt and were forced to settle for a draw, the journey home proved pretty memorable, too. With the motorway closed, and the team coach and fans alike stuck in traffic, near the town of Haiger, two dozen or so supporters took it on themselves to serenade the stationary team bus with an impromptu rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Gänsehaut – goose bumps, Dortmund said. Following Die Schwarzgelben is rarely dull.

There was the entertaining heavy metal football under Jürgen Klopp, they scored goals for fun under Thomas Tuchel and while Dortmund remain a work in progress under Peter Bosz, they are yet to surrender the ingredient that makes them so affable and entertaining: their full-throttle approach in the opposition half. More often than not it makes for entertaining fare. “It could have ended up 4-4 or 5-5,” Lukas Hradecky, the Frankfurt goalkeeper said. However, Dortmund’s defensive frailties should be of concern to Bosz. As he said after the 2-2 draw: “You must win the game” with a two-goal cushion. This was the first time they had failed to win a Bundesliga match after opening up a 2-0 lead since November 2014, in Paderborn. “One point is not our target when we come to Frankfurt,” Neven Subotic said. The flipside is that you could argue this result displayed some form of improvement, given Dortmund had been defeated on their three previous league visits to the Commerzbank Arena. They also remain the only undefeated away team in the Bundesliga.

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