Dortmund - Frankfurt

Germany: Bundesliga
Dortmund M. Hummels (45)
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Frankfurt N. Schulz (11), A. Silva (87)
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Hummels recites full litany of failures following latest Dortmund loss

By Peter Vice

A late first-half equalizer from Mats Hummels simply wasn't good enough for Dortmund against Frankfurt on Saturday. 

After the match, the squad's defensive quarterback offered his thoughts on what was else was lacking for the Bundesliga's fifth-placed team. 

Mats Hummels.
Mats Hummels.Photo: Borussia Dortmund

As Filip Kostic's cross sailed into the box in the 87th minute on Saturday, Mats Hummels had his man covered. It ultimately mattered not as, while Hummels prevented Luka Jovic from reaching the ball, André Silva was on hand to head home the game-winning goal. 


Over the course of this disappointing season, the German media have learned that the veteran defender is the go-to player to generate quotes about what went wrong on a particular day. This weekend's lost proved no exception. 

"First of all, it was the lack of chances," the 32-year-old told the sky microphones afterwards, "It's about situations in which we have to be one-hundred percent, that we failed to play clean toward the end in about a dozen cases." 

"It was shocking how many times we had a dangerous situation 20 meters in front of goal during the second-half," he continued, "and never managed to make something good out of it."

Hummels made clear that the fault didn't merely lie with those playing the ball forward. According to the 2014 World Champion, the defensive unit had their fair share of problems as well. 

"We allowed a very uncontrolled game," he conceded, "just as we did against Köln. With the ball, we were too unclean, too unfocused, perhaps technically just not good enough." 

Following the latest loss, the real question on everyone's lips is whether the BVB currently belong in the Bundesliga's top four. Hummels appeared to have his doubts. 

"Other teams are ahead of us in that respect," Hummels noted at the conclusion of his remarks.


Dortmund
(4-1-4-1)
35Marwin Hitz
23Emre Can
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels
14Nico Schulz ↩80
6Thomas Delaney
10Thorgan Hazard ↩63
22Jude Bellingham ↩56
13Raphaël Guerreiro
11Marco Reus (C) ↩80
9Erling Håland
Bench
1Roman Bürki
36Ansgar Knauff ↪63
2Mateu Morey
26Łukasz Piszczek
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↪56
19Julian Brandt
20Reinier ↪80
24Thomas Meunier
32Giovanni Reyna ↪80
Frankfurt
(3-4-1-2)
1Kevin Trapp
35Lucas Melo
3Stefan Ilsanker
2Evan N'Dicka
25Erik Durm ↩74
8Djibril Sow
17Sebastian Rode (C) ↩88
10Filip Kostić
32Amin Younes ↩46
33André Silva ↩89
9Luka Jović
Bench
23Marcus Schubert
40Elias Jona Bördner
30Jetro Willems
7Ajdin Hrustic
11Steven Zuber ↪89
15Daichi Kamada ↪46
22Timothy Chandler ↪74
27Aymen Barkok ↪88

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