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Dortmund had to scramble for an hour after Bremen destroyed them to never lay claim

Borussia Dortmund were hoping for a successful start against Bayer Leverkusen, but managed only just one goal. What followed is when the team found it difficult to break down a team like Freiburg, wh

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DEUTSCHE BERLIN-Agentur (AP) — Borussia Dortmund hoped that late-game meltdowns and inquiries about the team’s mentality were finally in the past.

Edin Terzi was the first coach in club history to lead them to nine consecutive victories in the Bundesliga. Despite not playing particularly well, his team started the season 2-0 with wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg.

Then, to top it all off, Dortmund shocked everyone on Saturday by setting a new low for the Bundesliga.

Dortmund blew a two-goal lead at home against newly promoted Werder Bremen, losing 3-2. This was the first time in league history that this had happened.

You can’t deny that luck played a role in our success in the first two games. It cost us today,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus said.

All of a sudden, people are bringing up the same old concerns. In contrast to Bayern Munich, who appear increasingly confident in winning a record-extending 11th straight league title, Dortmund’s title challenge is being undermined by doubts and uncertainty.

Just three rounds were enough.

Despite finishing second the previous season, Dortmund fired Marco Rose, Terzi’s predecessor, due to an inconsistent season that included losses to Bayern Munich and Leipzig on the road and at home, among other disappointing defeats.

Despite losing less ground over the course of the season, Dortmund still finished eight points behind Bayern. Both the Champions League and German Cup were eliminated at the group stage for Dortmund.

After leading Dortmund to the German Cup title as interim coach last year, Terzi was rehired for this season with the expectation that the team would once again contend for championships.

But so far, Dortmund has failed to impress despite adding new players in key positions this summer. Julian Brandt and Raphaël Guerreiro’s goals against Bremen were the team’s first and second attempts on target – in first half injury time and in the 77th minute. Bremen dominated the game.

“We played horribly. Despite going ahead in the first half on the final play of the game and wanting to improve greatly in the second, “we didn’t manage to control the game and we allowed a lot of chances,” Terzi said. Although it wasn’t a great game, you still have to win it when you’re up 2-0 heading into the 88th minute. And how we conceded the goals was really stupid. So annoying.”

Dortmund can’t afford to drop points if it wants to challenge Bayern this season – the Bavarian powerhouse routed Bochum 7-0 again on Sunday and has made the best start any team has ever made to the league with a goal difference of plus-14 from its three games.

Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl hasn’t lost hope, yet.

In the days leading up to Bayern’s demonstration on Sunday, Kehl vowed that the team would not simply give up after the third round. “Otherwise, we could close the whole shop. We want to make the Bundesliga exciting for everyone.”

Dortmund next travels on to Hertha Berlin, a team with only one point so far despite encouraging performances against Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Kehl said the team will try and learn from Bremen shock.

“We’ll try and find reasons for it, but we’ll also look forward,” Kehl said. It’s incumbent upon everyone to live up to much higher standards at this point.

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