Borussia Dortmund – Hertha BSC: Dortmund swing again, but drop two points to impressive Hertha (2-2)

Dortmund and Hertha showcased the best aspects of Bundesliga football today. This game was played at a breakneck pace, included very smart tactical decisions and had some of the best young talents in European football on display. How the visitors were able to nick a point thanks to Pál Dárdai’s brave tactics, despite an extremely impressive opening half hour by the home team.

It did not take new manager Lucien Favre long to turn Borussia Dortmund into one of the hottest teams in European football in these early stages of the season. In his first twelve official games in charge, Dortmund won ten and drew two. The defense has been much more solid - as we might have suspected with the arrival of Favre, a specialist in creating tight 4-4-2-mid block A mid block refers to a team that retreats in their own half out of possession, generally only disrupting their opponents some way into their own half. defensive formations - keeping a clean sheet in six of these games.

But it is on the offensive side of the ball where Dortmund has exploded recently. 37 goals scored in the first twelve games of the season is impressive. The 26 goals Dortmund put up in the last six outings heading into this game even more so.

A lot of praise has gone out to the recently acquired Spanish striker Paco Alcácer. With eight goals in his first 216 minutes of play at Dortmund (a goal every 27 minutes), he has officially been off to an alien-like start. Alcácer was not able to play today due to injury, just like in Dortmund’s Champions League match against

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Sam Planting (27) writes for various Dutch media about football (VI Pro, Het Parool, Hard Gras) and does some stats stuff for television. Records ‘De Voetbalpodcast’ with his two best buds. Born and raised in Amsterdam. Former basketball player. Current aficionado of stand-up comedy and rap music. [ View all posts ]

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