We asked Brian Meyers at our sister site Fear The Wall some questions ahead of Der Klassiker on Saturday. He was kind enough to give us some insightful answers.
Q: So, what been going on since Oct. 6? Dortmund was five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a plus-19 goal difference. Now … I will let you take it from here.
A: Lots of things. Our finishing has been quite awful, with us under preforming xG almost every game. Also Bosz has been running a high line each match, something that worked in the beginning of the season but teams are starting to figure out. Our defense has been abysmal as well, partly due to the high line, partly to the injuries, and partly due to them just played awfully. We just lost 4-2 to Hannover, a unforgivable result by any standard. Things are not going great and with most of the team now healthy if things don't turn around less attention will be payed to injury and finishing and more to lack of tactical change.
Q: It’s not as simple as blaming Peter Bosz is it?
A: Not 100 percent. He has failed to change tactics, but those tactics did very well for us to start the season. We are still getting a lot of chances, just not hitting them. So yes Bosz is messing up, but to say things would be just as good under Tuchel is false.
Q: Has Bosz lost the room or is it something deeper?
A: Hard to tell. From Pulisic's recent comments the locker room is still confident in the tactics, its just a matter of finishing chances. However, another month like October and Bosz could realistically be seeing an exit for Dortmund.
Q: What do you think the January transfer window will look like for Dortmund? Buying or selling?
A: We don't often make moves in January, hard to see us making any still.
Q: Will Dortmund win the Europa League?
A: It looks as if the Europa League is quite stacked this year. I like our chances but it probably will be tough especially if we are fighting for top 4.