BVB: Mats Hummels is to lead Borussia Dortmund to the championship
BVB loudspeaker starts: How Hummels lashes his teammates forward
The change from Mats Hummels to Borussia Dortmund is causing quite a stir. Not only by Dortmund fans comes criticism. The veteran should lead the BVB but with his experience to the desired title and is immediately a vociferous leader.
Just three weeks ago Mats Hummels is back at BVB. But the World Champion of 2014 already played a decisive role on the USA training trip.
The 30-year-old corrected his young teammates in training, gave them instructions or encouragement after a mistake, such as the 20-year-old Leonardo Balerdi, who jumped in a scene a ball unhappy.
With the commitment of Hummels, the problem of missing experience should be solved at BVB. The young Dortmund squad (average age: 24.79 years) gets with the central defender a leading figure, which should bring BVB the necessary title hunger in the fight against Bayern.
BVB: Favre and Götze are looking forward to Hummels
Because a word that almost always fell in statements about Hummels in the last weeks is "experience". Even BVB coach Lucien Favre, who previously knew the 30-year-old only as a sporting opponent, said: "Mats can help the team - and not only athletic, but also character and with his experience."
Hummels' team-mate Mario Götze, who ran aground not only in Dortmund but also in the national team at the side of the center-back, said in an interview with the "Bild": "I am glad that he is back the quality we need. "
BVB was missing last experience
Just this experience was missing the young BVB team last season - especially in the crucial phase. From 6th to 24th matchday Dortmund stood without interruption at the top of the table, then took over Bayern, and in the end were missing BVB only two points to the championship. The young team, especially the defensive, could not recall the outstanding performance of the first round of 2018/19 in the second half of the season.
The 3: 3 after 3: 0 lead against Hoffenheim, the measly 0: 0 against the eventual relegated 1 FC Nuremberg or even the unexpected 1: 2 away defeat against FC Augsburg showed that the BVB team in the crucial moments this much said experience was missing.
However, there have been many recent voices, including many fans in the South Stand, who see Hummels transfer as a risk, especially in view of the relatively high transfer fee (just under 31 million euros) for a Ü30 player.
Duel values: Hummels before Sule and Akanji
A look at the official statistics of the preseason proves, however, that the former international defender can keep up with both former Bayern colleague Niklas Süle and his new partner in BVB central defense, Manuel Akanji. In the general duel rate and the duel rate on the ground Hummels is with 66 and 64.4 percent just before Süle (65.7 / 60.9) and even more clearly ahead of Akanji (59.3 / 59.7).
In addition, Hummels is considered a player who opens his mouth after weak matches or in bad phases and puts his finger in the open wound. This directness and greed of the 30-year-old for success should now incite the "good" Dortmunder.
The Bosnians are hoping for that in Dortmund. Although Hummels' former coach Jürgen Klopp described the World Champion as "not easy to care for" every day, he praised him as a "natural leader".
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The risk that caused by the open criticism and the temperament of Hummels and restlessness in a team, the leaders seem to want to accept. Especially the position of the vociferous leader was missing at BVB so far. For example, Captain Marco Reus is considered a quiet contemporary.
Already in the last season was not much missing on Bayern. Last year's little gap should now be closed with the help of Hummels to finally get a title after the championship titles in 2011 and 2012 and the Cup victory 2016/16.
The 30-year-old is to rekindle the title fire in the young Dortmund team. In the past few years BVB had already suffered too many second places.
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