Borussia Dortmund look set to miss out on claiming the title following a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen and it is rivals Bayern Munich that seem likely to claim the Bundesliga silverware.
Lucien Favre’s outfit gave it their all — as they have all season, to be fair — but the point is clearly not three and with it that brings huge frustration and no little amount of disappointment.
It could have been so different. His side gained a two-goal advantage at the break thanks to strikes from Christian Pulisic and Paco Alcácer. But they failed to add to their lead and it proved costly when substitutes Kevin Möhwald and Claudio Pizarro brought the scores level. Mistakes from both Roman Burki and Manuel Akanji did nothing to help the cause of the Black and Yellows.
The fact is BVB now sit in second spot four points behind Bayern Munich. Niko Kovac’s men realistically only need draws in their final matches away to Leipzig and at home to Frankfurt to lift the title, thanks to the advantage given to them by their better goal difference.
Dortmund still have to face Düsseldorf at home and go on the road to Gladbach. And Favre told the club’s official website: “We already had the chance to make it 3-0 in the first half. We also had another three chances in the second half to put the match to bed. It was important that we stayed calm and created chances on goal.
“Then we conceded two silly goals. There’s nothing to say about Roman Bürki. Irrespective of what has happened today, he has played a great season and has already saved us a lot of points. We needed to clear our lines with greater conviction when they scored their second. We’re not dreamers. We need to win the final home game and hope that Bayern Munich trip up. That’s our only hope.”
Meanwhile, USA attacker Christian Pulisic, who is aged 20, is adamant that BVB will not give up in their quest for the title. A defiant Pulisic, on loan from Premier League side Chelsea, said: “We’re never going to give up. We know we can do our part now, and it just comes down to Bayern losing a few games, but we’re never going to give up.
“It was a really tough game against Bremen. We had a great first half, but we didn’t come out with that same energy, that same intensity in the second half. I’m not sure what it was. We just let them play their game, they’re a good team, and in the end, we have to win that after the first half.”