- Borussia Dortmund remains in the race for the Champions League with a narrow win against Hertha BSC. Julian Brandt made the decision in this game – a rare sense of achievement for the 24-year-old.
Julian Brandt couldn’t really believe his luck. The offensive player from Borussia Dortmund simply pulled from a good 27 meters due to the lack of play options. A harmless commonplace shot that Rune Jarstein catches effortlessly in 99 out of 100 attempts. But this time the fluttering ball flew past the Hertha goalkeeper into the mesh to make it 1-0 (54th). Only the second goal of the season for the 24-year-old.
In the end, the scoreboard in the Dortmund stadium showed a 2-0 (0-0) for BVB against the heavily relegated Berliners. Youssoufa Moukoko scored the final score in stoppage time. Almost everything went wrong for the Berliners that Saturday evening. To make matters worse, Vladimir Darida was also shown the red card (80th) after a rough foul on Marco Reus.
Hard working but discouraged
It was an urgently needed victory for BVB, which will keep it in the fight for the Champions League. Julian Brandt was the can opener for the Dortmund game against Hertha. A role for which he was once brought from Leverkusen to Borussia for 25 million euros in the summer of 2019 – and which he does far too rarely. Brandt also played very inconspicuously against Hertha for a long time and hardly lived up to his talent, which even made him a national player.
Hard-working but discouraged, trying hard but uninspired, he acted for long stretches of the game. A lecture that has become normal during his time at Borussia. Recently, the offensive player found himself more and more often on the reserve bench.
At Borussia they have been hoping for a long time that the young man will present his skills more often and preferably constantly on the field. But so far this liaison between BVB and Brandt has not yet become a serious love affair.
Initial spark for the future?
During his time in Leverkusen, he played opposing defenses together with his congenial partner Kai Havertz with great regularity. Those in charge of BVB hoped that Brandt would develop further and that his game would be even more consistent. So far there has been no improvement.
At BVB he often seems to be inhibited, sometimes even blocked. While Brandt scored eight goals last season, he has now largely lost his goal risk. Perhaps this lucky hit against Berlin gave him an initial spark for the coming weeks. A surprising sense of achievement has already helped many professionals out of their personal crisis. That is what they would wish for at BVB.