This is a victory that, like all victories, is worth 3 points in the standings, and not one more. But symbolically, it represents more. On Saturday night, in Iduna Park's full signal as usual, Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich (3-2) after the game was panting and spectacular as the Bundesliga knew more regularly than other championships.
In Dortmund, Lucien Favre agreed
Bavarian visitors rule highest at the start of the game, interspersed by opening scores by Robert Lewandowski. But Vaud coach coach Lucien Favre showed the character needed to return twice to the score by inevitable Marco Reus (already authored eight goals and five assists), then to cross the shoulder to a quarter of the time of the match ended by Paco Alcacer.
The result remained unclear to the end (Lewandowski's goal was canceled in the final minute) but was eventually imposed on German football: for the first time since November 2016, Bayern Munich fell in the championship against Borussia Dortmund. What makes the Bundesliga prospect full that will not die of tension a few weeks before his final whistle.
The Bavarian ogre remain on six consecutive titles, all obtained with between 10 and 25 points in front of the dolphins. But this season, after 11 days, he only pointed to third place, 7 points already from his rival Ruhr. This weekend, he missed a special opportunity to narrow the gap to training that had not come down from his small cloud since recovery.
The first "card" for Dortmund by Lucien Favre
Arriving on July 1 in his new position, Lucien Favre has led 17 matches for 13 wins, three draws and one defeat recorded just last week, in the Champions League, against Atletico Madrid (2-0)). In the league, Dortmund have scored 33 goals, or three per game on average. Everything is not perfect: the team is close to eliminating in the Cup against Union Berlin (second division) and sometimes a desperate situation at the last moment (4-3 win against Augsburg with the last goal in the 96th minute).
But overall, he was tempted by the proposed, offensive and committed game because 75,000 spectators liked the cauldron, and especially that, this weekend, proved that he had the character to withstand the pressure of the match. more expected even if, at a press conference, Lucien Favre insisted mainly on the remaining road: "We see that we still have a lot to improve."
But today, far behind the scenes of Bayern Munich that the crisis is burning. Since September, calm results and a lack of dominant playing style have gradually eroded the confidence enjoyed by coach Niko Kovac, who served at the same time as Lucien Favre this summer. Defeat recognized during "Klassiker" puts it in danger from before.