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Fantasy AnalysisGinter got another shot at first team centre back with Sokratis Papastathopoulos out and Neven Subotic suspended. He didn't deliver however and exhibited the frailties of his last defensive outing against Eintracht Frankfurt on Dec. 1. Ginter's marking was poor for Bremen's second goal and his positioning throughout was well below the standard it needed to be.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough only managing to keep one clean sheet in the five games he's played in, Langerak has rarely been to blame. The nervousness that has characterised Dortmund's defense this season has exposed Langerak just as did normal first choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. The story was no different against Bremen, a poor offside trap allowed Bremen's Davie Selke to hit an unstoppable curling shot around Langerak while the Australian could do nothing as Fin Bartels scored from Bremen's swift attack. Langerak had little to do despite conceding two although he did well to keep out Selke's first half effort following a Mats Hummels error.
Fantasy AnalysisKagawa was brought on for the struggling Sebastian Kehl after half-time to give Dortmund more fire power but missed some of his team's biggest opportunities. He directed a close-range header well wide shortly after coming on and then shot carelessly off target when he was found in space with the score at 2-1. Kagawa is still yet to hit the heights of his pre-Manchester United days, looking far rustier than the player that transferred to England in 2012.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the same old story for Grosskreutz who all season has put in heaps of effort without seriously threatening the opposition. He'd been left out of the starting line-up for the previous two league encounters due a series of ineffective displays and unfortunately returned against Bremen with similarly uninspiring input. He remained on the field for the full 90 minutes but did little to alter the outcome of the game.
Fantasy AnalysisSchmelzer made a game high of nine crosses and was in possession more than any other player as he contributed considerably to Dortmund's cause. The full-back also went close when he volleyed over in the first half and despite a couple of poor deliveries from wide areas will be proud of a high-octane performance.
Fantasy AnalysisKehl played poorly and never got going in with his passing and positioning leaving a lot to be desired. Ultimately he met the same fate as the weekend before, Jurgen Klopp running out of patience and substituting the usually reliable midfield man.
Fantasy AnalysisPiszczek returned to the team having missed the home tie with Wolfsburg but didn't play to the best of his abilities. Despite completing seven crosses and going close to scoring with a deflected pass, the Polish international was part of a frail Dortmund defensive line and made too many misplaced passes thus losing valuable possession for his team.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing an impressive showing midweek against high-flying Wolfsburg, Immobile went into Saturday's clash in confident mood. However the Italian had scarce opportunity to flaunt his ability, a blocked header from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cross the closest he came to finding the net. Immobile has now completed his first half-season at Dortmund having scored just three times but fans will be hoping he has a similar post-winter season to that he had at Torino last year when he netted 14 Serie A goals.
Fantasy AnalysisAubameyang was typically menacing on the wing, always prepared to run at defenders and whip in dangerous crosses into the box. However his deliveries were not met with clinical finishes, not one of his six crosses being converted by his team-mates. Aubameyang finishes the year with five season goals and three assists, a decent return for a player in a team sitting in the automatic relegation spots.
Fantasy AnalysisKirch has quietly returned to the Dortmund starting line-up amidst little publicity yet his reappearance could well be crucial to his team's season if he continues playing as he did against Bremen. His passing game was tremendous, completing a game high of passes while he also covered every blade of grass, covering more distance than any other player. The 32-year old also managed two efforts on goal as he staked his claim for a permanent place in the side.