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Dietmar Hamann voices concern over Dortmund's 'unpredictability'

By Henrik Petersen

Dietmar Hamann has criticized Lucien Favre's Borussia Dortmund side for being unpredictable ahead of their derby clash with Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Lucien Favre.
Lucien Favre.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Former German international Dietmar Hamann states he is 'worried' about Borussia Dortmund after their 3-1 loss to Lazio in the Champions League in mid-week, criticizing Lucien Favre's side for being 'unpredictable'.

Dortmund have struggled to find the right formula for consistent wins, having won four and lost three out of their first seven games in all competitions this season.

And according to Hamann, Dortmund's inconsistency in performances should be a growing concern for the responsible at the club.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing and was shocked to a certain extent," Hamann wrote in a column for Sky, referring to Dortmund's loss against Lazio.

"I'm a bit worried about Dortmund's development because they have become unpredictable. The reactions of the responsible at the club said a lot. And the post-match interview with Lucien Favre showed me that he is stumped. The coach no longer understands his team.

"There is no explanation for their performance. I won't accept the excuse that Mats Hummels was the only fit centre-back. Thomas Delaney did well in central defence against Hoffenheim, and there were plenty of excellent players on the pitch, including Reus, Witsel, Sancho and Haaland.

"I believe that the unpredictability in a negative sense is a major concern for the BVB bosses. When you think back to the season before last, when they were seven points ahead of Bayern before Christmas and then gave the title away, you have to ask yourself whether Dortmund have made any progress," stated Hamann.

Favre has coached Dortmund since 2018 and is under contract until next summer.

1Roman Bürki
24Thomas Meunier ↩80
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels (C)
13Raphaël Guerreiro
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↩71
6Thomas Delaney
7Jadon Sancho ↩77
19Julian Brandt ↩77
32Giovanni Reyna ↩71
9Erling Håland
35Marwin Hitz
11Marco Reus ↪77
2Mateu Morey ↪80
26Łukasz Piszczek
10Thorgan Hazard ↪77
22Jude Bellingham
28Axel Witsel ↪71
30Felix Passlack ↪71
Schalke 04
23Frederik Rønnow
33Malick Thiaw
26Salif Sané
5Matija Nastasić
2Kilian Ludewig
25Amine Harit
6Omar Mascarell (C)
10Nabil Bentaleb ↩56
24Bastian Oczipka
18Gonçalo Paciência ↩56
14Rabbi Matondo ↩71
34Michael Langer
9Benito Raman ↪71
11Vedad Ibišević
15Ahmed Kutucu ↪56
22Steven Skrzybski
3Hamza Mendyl
17Benjamin Stambouli
28Alessandro Schöpf
40Can Bozdogan ↪56

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