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Christian Pulisic and Gordon Lightfoot and Revierderby Woes

Hey Pulisic fans,

Man, what a rough stretch it's been. First this happened:
Then, Pulisic missed the next game against Tottenham, a game that didn't really matter as far as standings went but was huge for team morale. And guess what, CHA BOI (me) WAS AT THAT GAME!

Yes, Pulisic fans, I actually went to a game. In Dortmund. I actually went to the city of Dortmund, and I actually had a ticket to the Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham game, and I actually went to the stadium, and I actually sat in a seat, and my eyes actually took in the game and the Yellow Wall and the fanfare and all of it.

But, of course, Dortmund lost. And Pulisic didn't play.

Luckily Pulisic was back for the Revierderby against Schalke, as evidenced here:

But by this time I had already left Germany and was in Paris experimenting with drugs and drinking too much alcohol and generally feeling bad (see: not that bad) about myself.

ANYWAY, let's talk about Pulisic and the current state of Borussia Dortmund. As things currently stand, Dortmund are kind of fucked. No one really believes in Peter Bosz, Aubameyang is almost certainly leaving the team in January if anyone will buy him, there's still no real leader (although Sahin showed some leadership against Schalke, at least in the first half), and injuries continue to plague them (especially with Mario Gotze's new little number). Whether it be because of Bosz's system or Bosz's leadership (or something else), the players are not playing up to their potential. Weigl is apparently a shell of what he was under Tuchel. Yarmolenko was good for the first few games but has been mostly harmless since then. Pulisic has been a bright spot but it's as if he's been a bright spot in a dark pond at times. There's no cohesiveness, there's no leader, there's no fighting spirit (see: second halves) and Dortmund have a helluva lot of work to do to right this ship which is currently listing like the Edmund Fitzgerald just before it DIDN'T make Whitefish Bay back in 1975.

"When the gales of November came slashin'," sang Gordon Lightfoot in probably one of the best songs ever made in the history of human musicality. And the gales of November have certainly slashed Dortmund, almost to shreds. I don't know if I've ever seen a more dead, more lifeless team than how they looked in the second half against Stuttgart. Same thing against Tottenham. Same thing in the last 30 minutes against Schalke.

What is going on? What it is going on? What is going on?

Things to be happy about: Pulisic is (seemingly) healthy again. He didn't play all that well against Schalke but he didn't play terribly either. He sort of set up the first goal (hand of God!) and was generally dangerous. Also, expectations are so low from this team right now that they don't seem to be going into the games with the arrogance of yore. The arrogance they were criticized for. This is a good thing. Also, Aubameyang (typing his name is the absolute worst; weird combo of letters) has been in much better form. Also, as I think Pulisic stated after Bayern, things can only get better.

The legend comes on, from the Chippewa on down.....


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