By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Bochum mock Nico Schlotterbeck's unkept promise on social media

To cap what was a thoroughly miserable day for Borussia Dortmund and German national team defender Nico Schlotterbeck, VfL Bochum sent out a mock tweet last night after the 24-year-old's promise to help them and his brother Keven avoid relegation wasn't kept. 

After having to endure the humiliation of not earning a call-up to the German national team under Bundestrainer Julian Nagelsmann, it finally appeared as if things might finally be on the upward trajectory for Borussia Dortmund central defender Nico Schlotterbeck. The 24-year-old performed so impressively both against Augsburg last Saturday and in the Champions' League against PSG on Tuesday that BVB trainer Edin Terzic kept him on the pitch this weekend against Mainz. 

Schlotterbeck was the only outfielder from the midweek PSG win allowed to remain in the starting XI in Saturday's league encounter. German footballing editorial pages were writing glowing reviews on Schlotterbeck's return-to-form; specifically calling for his return to the national team. The player himself was feeling especially confident, promising VfL Bochum fans that his team would help the Revierklub - at which his brother Keven serves on loan - secure safety by beating Mainz. 

Schlotterbeck promised to give "110 percent against Mainz on Saturday" in a social media post earlier this week. Had Dortmund beaten Mainz on Saturday, VfL Bochum would have been assured of safety prior to their own late kickoff against Leverkusen on Sunday. This did not come to pass. Moreover, it didn't look as if Schlotterbeck and the rest of the team were giving anywhere near 25 percent in a match that was sewn up relatively early. Bochum reacted to Nico's promise with a mock tweet. 

"Staying positive," the Revierklub noted on social media platform X on Saturday evening, "At least we didn't have to send a 'thank you' out anywhere today. See you tomorrow!" 

Positiv bleiben: Mussten heute immerhin kein ‚Danke‘ irgendwohin schicken. 

Bis morgen👋

— VfL Bochum 1848 (@VfLBochum1848eV) May 11, 2024


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