Thomas Tuchel is normally very strict over his players’ diets but he was so happy and impressed with the the way his team played on Thursday night against Legia Warsaw that he gave them all ice cream in training yesterday! That ice cream certainly has seemed to have given BVB a boost as they were absolutely rampant against the Lillies, marching to another 6-0 victory.
The Darmstadt defenders are going to be having nightmares over Christian Pulisic, who’s eighteenth birthday is tomorrow, Ousmane Dembele who is only nineteen and the more experienced Gonzalo Castro who put in one of his best performances in a Borussia Dortmund shirt.
The Black and Yellows got off to a brilliant start in the match as Ousmane Dembele found himself with the ball at his feet and acres of space in front of him and then found the perfect cut-back for Gonzalo Castro, who placed the ball perfectly into the bottom right corner for 1-0. Players like Julian Weigl and Gonzalo Castro would then take control of the game, constantly distributing it out wide where Pulisic and Dembele showed their stuff and put in an insurmountable amount of crosses. This is how Dortmund would score every single one of their goals as they continued to run riot over Darmstadt.
The Lillies would have been decently pleased to go into half time only a goal down despite Dortmund having all of the possession but as soon as that second half began the toothless Darmstadt went absolutely flat. It was then that Adrian Ramos hammered home Dortmund’s second of the night after a shot from Raphael Guerreiro was palmed away but only to the feet of the Colombian international who grabbed his first goal of the season. Burki was finally called into action shortly after that goal as Bezjek finally forced the arm of the Swiss goalkeeper who was able to save it with ease. Two minutes later it all went rotten for the Lillies again as Christian Pulisic got exactly what he deserved on the night and hit home Dortmund’s third.
As if things couldn’t get any worse for the men in blue, Peter Niemeyer was sent off in the 57th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the night after a bad tackle on Adrian Ramos. With three goals and a man up, Thomas Tuchel then started to experiment and took off the brilliant Ousmane Dembele and Euro 2016 gold medalist Raphael Guerreiro and put on Shinji Kagawa and young Turkish international Emre Mor. Pass master Sebastian Rode would also be introduced into the match soon afterwards as Dortmund went with three at the back and the former Bayern Munich man then stepped up to run the show and allow Gonzalo Castro the freedom to roam forward and make more happen for BVB. It was that man, Gonzalo Castro who hit home Dortmund’s fourth of the night with a neat back-heel finish after a driven cross from Christian Pulisic once again.
At four-nil up, if this was a boxing match it would have ended at that point but there was still twelve minutes left to play and in that twelve minutes Darmstadt would barely touch the ball as Dortmund would grab two more goals. Remarkably, Sebastian Rode would tap in an almost identical goal to Castro’s second, as Castro this time put in a low cross into the box and Rode flicked it in with a back-heel leaving Michael Esser absolutely rooted to the spot. Finally, 19 year old Emre Mor put his name on the scoresheet as Christian Pulsic floated in another fantastic ball into the far corner of the box and the Turkish international banged the ball into the back of the net, putting a huge grin on the face of Thomas Tuchel once again.
Puslic was absolutely unreal on the night, collecting a goal and two assists the day before his eighteenth birthday. This was an incredibly young Dortmund team which brings so much hope for the future of BVB. These are not normal teenagers, these are absolutely freaks of nature who are now scaring defenders to sleep worldwide.
Bayern Munich you better watch out, you better not cry, because Borussia Dortmund are coming to town.