Sebastian Kehl did not want to contradict that when he was asked later in Madrid if the match at Atletico was not the perfect match for the first defeat of Borussia Dortmund of the season. There were also good arguments for this opinion.
To begin with, BVB did not lose anyone. "Atletico is a team that has won twice the Champions League final in the past five years," said goalkeeper Roman Bürki. "This is a team with international experience – and when we look at each other, we have many young players for whom it might be the first Champions League season."
On the other hand, the 0-2 of goals by Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann of the sporting consequences was by far the least evil: neither did the Dortmund part of a match, as it almost would have happened in the DFB Cup against Union Berlin. They completely lost their good starting position. Thanks to the direct comparison with Atletico, the Borussia could continue to create the group victory on its own.
And so the Dortmunders the damper in Wanda Metropolitano must have been much better than a possible defeat against Bayern on Saturday (Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund – Bayern, Saturday from 6.30 PM in LIVETICKER).
Only: what remains for the Bundesliga fighter in the so far so successful spoiled black and yellow? SPORT1 takes a close look at possible consequences of the first BVB bankruptcy before the match with Munich.
– popping for the psyche?
"We know how to classify it properly," said former BVB captain Kehl when it came to the psychological consequences of the first defeat of the season: "We will not be ruined by the good run."
For Bürki, the defeat was "no problem at all" – and captain Marco Reus switched to the challenging mode: "At one point it was clear that we would be caught, but in my opinion we are to blame ourselves a little bit . " Apparently the international had quickly found a starting point to counteract a repetition of the experience on Saturday.
There was no trace of despair among the Dortmunders, or as Reus put it: "Losing is part of sport and that is how you grow."
– Warning at the right time?
Was the continuing burden of the English Weeks the decisive factor? As was partly the case last weekend in Wolfsburg, the BVB game seemed strangely quiet and unimaginative over long distances. Kehl and Reus then spoke almost word for word that "they were not fresh enough out of their heads".
Because of Tuesday's game, Dortmund has a day more time left for the Bundesliga weekend than in recent weeks, to regain this freshness.
Bürki also hinted that the first defeat could have sharpened the senses. "Of course we would have preferred to win, but maybe it is also good," the Swiss commented: "Now we have returned to reality, after everything has always been top in recent weeks."
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– Lesson for BVB-younger?
The youngsters from Dortmund have also been top notch lately, but in Madrid both Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho continued as substitute Jacob Bruun Larsen.
Achraf Hakimi was one of the better Dortmund overall, but – like some experienced teammates – also made one or the other wobbly. A found food for torn Madrilenians.
"We did not play well and paid a little training," said Kehl, who was certain that the players would "take some of the game today". Reus complained in particular that the guests were "not so good" in the two assigned goals: "Atletico has only concentrated on counterattacks and they have done well, so we have to be smarter then."
– Anschauungsunterricht for the Bayern?
Lack of cleverness would be the Dortmund in spite of the current crisis in the record champions against FC Bayern – as well as the technical and tactical shortcomings revealed by the BVB in Madrid.
"All the things that we have done very well in recent weeks have been missed today, we had a lot of light ball loss and were a bit outdated," complained Kehl.
Is there a similar threat on Saturday against Munich? Not necessary. Their, especially at the beginning of the preseason, with shocking counterattacks by Peter Bosz, had effectively eliminated the Borussia so far this season. In addition, the Munich team does not have a counterattack in the blood as Diego Simeone's Atletico Ensemble.
"The home game against Bayern will be a completely different game", Kehl also predicted. However, this does not mean that the Dortmund should not significantly reduce the number of bad passes and inaccuracies.
– Personnel consequences?
The question remains, with which personnel Lucien Favre enters into the duel with Munich's concerns. Probably Bruun Larsen gets a chance on the wing instead of the Pulisic and Sancho pale in Madrid. Marius Wolf and Maximilian Philipp are also ready.
Especially the composition of the four chains, but remains exciting: Lukasz Piszczek caught a weak Champions League night and could take a break. Ömer Toprak played solid without glittering. Alternatively, Favre Dan-Axel Zagadou and depending on the condition of his injury by the adductor Abdou Diallo also have available. Hakimi can switch to the right.
For a place in the first eleven that is recommended after his replacement at Atletico, the revived Raphael Guerreiro: he would be in the midfield as well as at the back in fourth place an alternative.