BVB sporting director Michael Zorc’s comments after the UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of PSG hardly make light reading for head coach Lucien Favre. Zorc has been quite critical of the defeat suffered by Dortmund and his suggestion that the team didn’t deliver the requisite performance to progress in the competition will hardly make an impact on the conjecture that perhaps it is time for a new manager to come into the Signal Iduna Park hot seat.
After picking the bones out of what was overall a lacklustre display, Zorc then questioned the antics of PSG ace Neymar following the sending off of Emre Can. He initially got a yellow card for a foul on the Samba star before being shown a second yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor following his reaction. Zorc’s view?
“The red card was excessive. We know that Neymar’s a good actor.”
Zorc had watched on as the home side collected a 3-2 win on aggregate at an empty home stadium thanks to precautions being taken over Covid-19. In the final analysis, a dejected Zorc told Sky TV:
“Overall, I’m disappointed. First and foremost, because we’ve gone out. I had the feeling it would be possible to get through to the next round.
“We didn’t produce the performance that was required to reach the next round of the competition. Our game was littered with too many errors. I felt the two goals we conceded were too easy. PSG didn’t have to work too hard to score the two goals. And when it came to going forward we were too harmless. We were lacking penetration.”
Zorc added that he thought BVB had not shown enough courage in the game and that this was yet another damaging aspect to the performance. He continued:
“It wasn’t enough out there and I have to say that there is a lot of disappointment that we haven’t taken what we thought was a big opportunity.”
To sum it up, BVB just weren’t good enough. And Zorc added:
“And that is why PSG went through. They showed greater clarity in the decisive situations. We had too many players out of form.”
Meanwhile, the club has made an announcement to ask fans to stay away from Signal Iduna Park for the derby clash with Schalke on Saturday. It reads:
“Borussia Dortmund would like to make an urgent request to supporters: please refrain from watching the match in the direct vicinity of the stadium.
“As much as we regret that we will be without your Black & Yellow support in the stadium, health clearly takes precedence. Every individual person is encouraged to show responsibility in order to protect themselves and others from infection with the Coronavirus. Even in the event of a derby victory. Hence the request that no public viewings be held.”