For the former national team captain Michael Ballack, the lost Dortmund championship in the home game against Mainz is worse than the Leverkusen bankruptcy 23 years ago in Unterhaching.
“I experienced that in 2000 with Leverkusen, we suffered a short and painless blow in Unterhaching, lost 2-0, Bayern won 3-1 against Bremen and became champions,” said the 46-year-old from “Sport Bild”. . For Dortmund it was “a fiasco, a painful blow. It’s brutal. It doesn’t go unnoticed.”
BVB gambled away their lead by beating Mainz 2-2 on the last day of the Bundesliga match, because Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala scored the 3-2 winner at 1. FC Köln shortly before the end. Ballack said it was a bit worse than Leverkusen’s knockout in the title race in Unterhaching. “Everyone expected Dortmund to be able to cross the finish line on crutches against Mainz at home in front of over 80,000 fans. Something like that affects you,” said Ballack. “This season finale will probably be a burden for Dortmund for a long time, especially since BVB had already missed a few big points like in Stuttgart or Bochum during the second half of the season.” (dpa)
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