When Marco Reus broke clear of a porous SC Paderborn defence to score his third league goal of the season yesterday, Jϋrgen Klopp lead the celebrations by jumping out of his seat on the touchline and hi-fiving everyone including a young boy in the crowd.
Indeed, who could blame him, the Black and Yellows were well on their way to securing only their fourth victory of the Bundesliga campaign. Whilst Reus’s elegant finish went a long way in showing that the highly-sought after midfielder was back with a bang having missed a large chunk of the season with a serious ankle injury.
The 25-year-old is at the centre of a two-way fight between Dortmund and Bayern Munich over a potential move to the German giants in the summer, but the German international suffered an ankle injury shook that will compound misery surrounding Dortmund's late collapse in a 2-2 draw with the newly-promoted side.
Dortmund's defensive misery continues
Borussia have not been thoroughly criticised by the German media for nothing this season, and allowed the hosts a gate-way back into the game by falling asleep to allow Lukas Rupp to half the deficit.
Indeed, it couldn’t have got any worse for Klopp, who not only saw his side revert back to their ill-ways but witnessed Reus being once again carried off the pitch on a stretcher following a clash with Paderborn midfielder Marvin Bakalorz. The hands on the Germany international's face served as a a good indicator that the initial prognosis was bad news.
Paderborn fightback exposed Dortmund's weaknesses
The cherry on Dortmund’s cake of second-half misery came when Mahir Saglick nodded in the equalising goal for SC Paderborn with Klopp sticking out his lips as if to show that the whole world was going against him and his team.
Although the media is right to pick at BVB’s lacklustre performances’ this season with yesterday’s result perhaps the best example of a side who are unable to do enough in order to secure a win, you would have to admit that the management have been unlucky of late.
Not only have they had to see arguably the best player of recent times, Robert Lewandowski jump ship in order to join Pep Guardiola’s crusade at Bayern, but their remaining crown jewel is yet again in danger of missing another big wedge of the season.
Klopp's woes include fair share of bad luck
Klopp was expectedly lost for words when he told journalists in his post-match press conference that Reus had injured the adjacent ankle to which ruled Reus out of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
BVB’s sporting director then stoked fears when he told the club’s website that the former Borussia Mönchengladbach forward could have ruptured ankle ligaments, with a negative conformation on Sunday all but side-lining Reus for the next four months.
Klopp and his managerial staff would have no doubt gone to church this morning in order to pray this is the not the case, because it is inconceivable to imagine how Dortmund will fair for the next few months without their talisman.
Without “Woodinho” in the line-up BVB’s attack looks sluggish and lacking in ideas, whilst the winger has also been able to bridge the divide between the club’s stuttering defence and so far an inconsistent armada.
Who can fill the void if Reus is out for 3-4 months?
Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was successful in scoring yesterday and subsequently has become Dortmund’s leading goal-scorer with a mere four goals in 12 league games the partnership that he shares with new-signing Ciro Immobile has so far been unfruitful. Whilst fellow season debutant, Adrian Ramos has been chained to the bench since joining from Hertha Berlin last summer.
To put it simply there is non-one else donning the formidable Yellow and black jersey who is anywhere near the level of replicating Reus’ talent and scoring ability, and Klopp knows it. The equation is simple, Reus or bust.
If the club’s fears were to be confirmed later this weekend then the only other option for chairman, Hans-Joachim Watzke would for the sake of Dortmund’s season not only in the Bundesliga but also in Europe, is to dig deep in order to purchase another forward.
Without a striker who is unable to score for fun for the Westfalenstadion outfit then it wouldn’t taking a betting man to tell you that the club would be unable to net enough goals in order to push up the table.
Although the current situation regarding BVB looks bleaker than a cold winter’s day in Hamburg, Dortmund must pray that Reus returns from his injury fitter than ever, whilst also sticking by Klopp as he is the best manager for this struggling power.