Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund - 5 Talking Points
#4 The importance of Aubameyang
Dortmund’s top scorer this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was unavailable due to a hip problem. His absence was detrimental to Dortmund’s attacking play, and it was clear to see, especially in the first half, as Dortmund only took 1 shot.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Cristian Pulsic started up front as the two strikers, and although Yarmolenko did score, and Pulsic was a great threat down the left flank, both players are wingers and not natural strikers. Had Aubameyang been on the pitch, he would’ve greatly complimented the two winger’s attacking efforts.
There were several chances throughout the game where had their natural number 9 been in the same situation, he would’ve scored. Dortmund made a mistake of not signing a backup striker in the summer. They do have Alexander Isak, but he is 18 and does not have enough experience.