Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund disappoint in Champions League season opener


Earlier today, Borussia Dortmund played Tottenham at Wembley stadium and lost 3-1. Before the game, many individuals were uneasy about Tottenham due to their inexperience and struggles in Europe’s most elite football tournament. In today’s game, Tottenham were a completely different side than they usually are in European competition. They dominated Dortmund in every single aspect of the game and were the far better side. Below are the player ratings for all the Dortmund players that were involved in their disastrous performance.

Roman Burki- 5/10

The Swiss international goalkeeper let three goals into the back of his own net. Although he was exposed by the back line for the first two goals, he could have prevented the third goal from happening. In a important match, your goalkeeper should always be on his A game and make the big saves when needed. There is a reason why Burki is considered a decent goalkeeper at best, but not amongst the best in the world. Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is a much better player and a perfect example of a world class goalkeeper.

Lukasz Piszczek- 4/10

The usually dependable fullback was abnormally poor today. He was at fault for giving away the ball cheaply, which led to Tottenham’s first goal. He also should have done better to prevent Harry Kane’s second goal from going into the back of the net. The Polish international did not offer anything in attack and was suspect in defense.

Sokratis- 4/10

As the captain of the team today, the center back did not put in a captain-like performance. You will not see Sokratis put in many poor performances like this one. He was not able to close down Heung-Min Son to prevent the first goal from being scored. He was surprisingly out-muscled by Harry Kane, which allowed the Englishmen to score the second goal. For a player that is known for his physicality and aggression, it must be frustrating for him to lose the physical battle he had with Harry Kane.

Omer Toprak- 4/10

In his first Champions League start for his new club, Toprak was nowhere near impressive. His positioning on the second goal was poor. He should have done better to prevent Harry Kane from scoring. Was substituted off in the second half after a dismal performance. The center back must play better if he is going to convince the BVB faithful that he is good enough to play for the club.

Jeremy Tolijan- 5/10

Today’s match was the twenty-three year old’s first for the club. He looked out of place on the left flank and was dominated by Serge Aurier. The Ivorian international’s strength and pace caused Tolijan too many problems. He did not make any costly mistakes, but was not a threat going forward. Tolijan is a player that has potential, but does not seem to be good enough to play in the Champions League just yet. The German youth international is not strong enough physically and needs to gain more experience before he is ready to play in a major Champions League match.

Nuri Sahin- 5/10

As great as he has been since the start of this season, Sahin was not good enough in today’s game. In a game against a very physical side, playing Nuri Sahin as a defensive midfielder was never going to work. The midfielder is a technically-gifted player, but lacks the physicality and aggression needed to play against Tottenham. He was pushed off the ball from Harry Kane, which eventually led to the second goal. He looked good on the ball and had one-hundred and twenty-seven touches, yet did not provide Dortmund with the defensive shield that was needed in front of the back four.

Mahmoud Dahoud- 5/10

Another summer acquisition that failed to impress. He was not particularly bad, yet you expect more from the creative playmaker. Dahoud completed ninety percent of his passes, yet none of them were key passes that created clear cut chances. His lack of strength made it difficult for him to go up against Dembele and Dier in the midfield, as they are both much bigger than him. Was substituted off the pitch in the second half and Dortmund fans will hope that there will be much better performances from him in the near future.

Shinji Kagawa- 7/10

One of the few players that actually played well. The veteran midfielder always looked to get on the ball and create some chances for the team. He provided the assist for the only goal that Dortmund scored. Was taken off the pitch in the second half and was replaced by Mario Gotze. I have seen better performances from the Japanese international, but overall he was decent.

Andriy Yarmolenko- 7/10

Out of all of Dortmund’s summer signings, The tall, lanky winger put in the best performance. He was not involved in the attacking play too much, but scored a beautiful goal from outside the box to tie the game in the eleventh minute. He did not make much of an impact in the second half, yet was still one of Dortmund’s best players on the day. Hopefully, the new signing continues to score goals for the club and establishes himself as a regular starter.

Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng- 6/10

It was not a pleasant day for one of the world’s best strikers. Tottenham’s solid back five got the better of him and Aubamayeng struggled to find space to run into. He put in a lot of effort in finding space to exploit and made a few decent runs passed the center backs. He also had one shot on target that was saved by Lloris. Overall, the Gabonese international was not as bad as his teammates, but will always be expected to put the ball in the back of the net.

Christian Pulisic- 6/10

The American sensation had a strong first half. He was Dortmund’s best constant threat in attack and was always eager to run at the defense. Had a few moments where he troubled the opposition’s defense and even went close to scoring. In the second half, he was anonymous and did not make the impact that you would expect from him. In order for him to become a world class player, he will have to perform well in major games like the one earlier today.

Mario Gotze- 5/10

Came on in the sixtieth minute in order to provide some creativity for the black and yellows. Dortmund were in desperate need for a attacking spark and they thought Gotze was the problem solver. Unfortunately, Gotze was not able to make a difference and Dortmund continued to struggle to break down a dogged Tottenham defense.

Gonzalo Castro- 5/10

Another midfielder that came off the bench in the second half. Probably should have started instead of Dahoud, as his energetic style of play would have been useful in this game. He was not able to impact the game in a positive way and the only contribution he made was receiving a yellow card in the ninetieth minute.

Dan-Axel Zagadou- 5/10

Was only able to play for the last fifteen minutes of the game. Dortmund’s defense looked shaky before he came on and continued to look vulnerable afterwards. Tottenham put pressure on Dortmund’s back line the whole game and Dortmund could not find a solution to the problem.


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