Match Ratings: Borussia Dortmund battled for all three points on Friday night

Borussia Dortmund He scored his second straight win 1-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday night, beating Hoffenheim in a close but clear victory to climb to the top of the table for under 24 hours. The slim winning margin doesn’t really do justice to BVB’s strong performance. They were the better team, and they never looked in great danger of conceding, although Hoffenheim did a good reckoning for themselves in the second half, perhaps Dortmund should have won by a wider margin, but for some poor finish let them down.

The three points raised them Bayern Munich They briefly held first, until Freiburg’s 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen gave them the lead. Despite a disastrous collapse against Werder Bremen, the BVB now finds itself with four wins from five matches, in second place, and with one of the best defensive records in the Bundesliga this season. It’s still early days, but there are some indications that Eden Terzic is moving this team in the right direction. Now to Champions League In the week!

Here are our ratings from Friday’s hard-fought win over Hoffenheim:

Starting from the eleventh

Gregor Koppel

Paul: 5

Thanks to a fine performance from his defence, Copil had a relatively quiet night, encountering only two shots on target. He was solid whenever he was called, but that wasn’t much.

Yash: 6.5

Anders: 6

They were only blocked twice and both were routine. It had some decent distribution though.

Mats Hummels

Paul: 7

It was Hummels’ best performance so far this season. He’s seemed a little off his pace (figuratively and literally) so far, but he put in a good show on Friday night. If he keeps this up, he can honestly compete with Süle for the starting point alongside Schlotterbeck.

Yash: 7.5

Anders: 7

Nico Schlutterbeek

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Paul: 8

Schlutterbeek is one of the best centre-backs in the world, and that may have been the case for a while now, but (like Virgil van Dijk when he moved to Liverpool) Transfer to Borussia Dortmund It will help highlight this fact.

I think he was Dortmund’s best player against Hoffenheim, as he has been all season.

Yash: 7

Pretty good (except for that drop in focus), but outdone by Hummels.

Anders: 8

My character is MotM. I don’t remember seeing schlotgood Put a bug in the whole game. An absolute consistent monster who is arguably the best defender in the league based on his first five games.

Marius Wolf

Paul: 7

Wolff delivered a solid, if not surprising, performance playing in a slightly unfamiliar setting. His list of stats from Friday’s game is really impressive, but I think that only adds to his performance a bit. But nevertheless, I appreciate his good work filling in Guerreiro.

Yash: 8

absolute machine. Playing off-center, on his weaker left side, he still made the most chances, completed the most dribbles, and won the most tackles. Complete performance and specific filter for MotM.

Anders: 7

Thomas Monnier

Paul: 5

Yash: 6

Anders: 6

Quiet but decent turnaround from Meunier. The consistency he has shown recently may be the reason why some Catalan clubs want it.

Saleh Ozkan

Paul: 7

Yash: 7.5

Really giving Mo a chance to get his money right now.

Anders: 7

Do yourself a favor and take the “Busquets Quiz” on Ozkan. Just look at him for 10 minutes straight, and you’ll realize how well he’s done in our entire game.

Jude Bellingham

Paul: 7

Yash: 7

Exemplary performance. I collected an undeserved yellow card for the opposition.

Anders 7.5

Marco Reyos

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Paul: 7

Yash: 7.5

He opened the scoring in a league shirt for the 54th time, equaling Mane Burgsmuller’s record. While he was fairly quiet, his work rate and ability to get ahead with the ball were on full display on Friday night.

Anders: 7

Julian Brant

Paul: 8

Yash: 8

Create a great assist and contribute to both offense and defense. His clever movement off the ball is integral to the fluid attacking style that Terzic is trying to instill at the club and he clearly combines well with Reus, Meunier and Wolf. You must start.

Anders: 7

listen now. Brandt was good, but I don’t give pity points. He still squandered some decent counterattack opportunities, and was sent off more than any other player on the pitch. Despite that, his first 40 minutes were fantastic, and I hope he continues to build on that.

Jimmy Pino Gittens

Paul: 5

Yash: 4.5

He missed a babysitter, dribble a lot, and looked lost when he didn’t have the ball. The quality is clearly there, but he’s definitely not ready to get started on BVB right now.

Anders: 5

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, my friend.

Anthony Modeste

Paul: 6

Yash: 7

Modest has adapted quickly. He was diligent and fighter as usual, but he also joined the crowd to good effect.

Anders: 6

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Thorgan Hazard

Paul: 6

Yash: 6

Anders: 6

Nicholas Soleil

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Jiu Rena

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Youssoufa Moukoko

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Paul: 7

A solid all-round performance that leaves you little room for complaints. Sure, BVB could have been more effective in front of goal, and it would have been nice to finish the match early, rather than having to fight to the end, but the attack was more fluid than anything else. The time is so far this season, and the defense has been rock solid. This was a step in the right direction.

Yash: 8

Good performance in all respects. Sure we should have scored more (and we probably should have gotten a penalty), but it’s good to see Terzic’s players shining well in attack and Ozkan stepping into Daoud’s role without any issues. It is especially encouraging that our 11 goals this season came from 10 different players. Our dependence on Haaland last season was a bit worrying, and the fact that we have so many scorers this season makes us even more unpredictable. We just need to be more efficient in front of goal.

Anders: 8

As I wrote in my post-match reaction; This is the first match this year that no one on the team has played poorly. This victory was a product of the team’s high discipline, and I hope this is a sign that Terzic is finally starting to make an impact. Now we just need to score more goals.