A BVB Battering | Case of the Mondays

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A BVB Battering | Case of the Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

This is who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.

DORTMUND

It was hard to believe that this Dortmund team, who have been struggling more than expected this season and were just knocked out of the Europa league round of 16 by RB Leipzig, would be able to beat Bayern in this Der Klassiker. But nobody anticipated it would go as badly as it did.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern after just five minutes, and it went rapidly downhill from there. Goals from James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, Ribery and another from Lewandowski had Bayern up 5-0 at the half.

It was quite nice of Bayern to only score one — Lewandoswki completing his hat-trick, of course — in the second half, all things considered. Even with a relatively balanced 60-40 possession split, Dortmund never looked like they had a way back.

And at least Bayern didn’t clinch the Bundesliga with the win; celebrating 6 goals would’ve hurt Dortmund’s ego enough, let alone handing rivals the title.

LAFC

An in-form LAFC, starting their debut season strong with back-to-back wins and a +5 goal difference (from 1-0 and 5-1 wins) vs a Galaxy team coming off a terrible 2017 season and a 1-1-1 start to 2018? The cards for the first LA derby — or El Trafico, if you will — seemed stacked in LAFC’s favor.

And the first half proved as such. LAFC ran rampant over the Galaxy; Carlos Vela’s brace and a Galaxy own goal had the newcomers up 3-1 at the half. The skepticism people had expressed in the Galaxy signing an aging star striker instead of a clearly much-needed defense seemed well warranted.

But then: Zlatan.

In a true Hollywood second half, one that couldn’t have been scripted better if a Warner Bros executive wanted, the Galaxy overcame the deficit to win 4-3 thanks to first Lletget, then Pontius, and finally the tying and winning goal from the man himself.

Some say that the Red Bulls vs Galaxy 5-4 game is still the best MLS game of all time, but this certainly gave it a run for its money.

CHELSEA

Chelsea’s match against Tottenham was a must-win. ESPN’s SPI chance of them making the Top 4 with a loss were just 5%.

But they did not win. A 3-1 loss, and at Stamford Bridge no less; it was their first loss at home to Spurs in the Premier League era.

Morata had opened the scoring in the 30th minute, but they held the lead for only 15 before Eriksen equalized right before the half. A brace from Dele Alli in the second half finished them off.

Chelsea fans, no surprise, were not happy. The result has just about sunk them out of Top 4, as they’re 8 points off of Tottenham in fourth now.

At least an FA Cup title is still on the table.

ALAN PARDEW

Alan Pardew’s reign at West Brom has been a ticking time bomb, and after just four months since he took the reigns from Tony Pulis, that bomb has gone off.

West Brom’s last win came at the end of January when they knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, but their last league win was even two weeks before that. That’s 10 Premier League games without a win.

It’s no wonder, then, that West Brom are firmly in last place in the Premier League. They’re 10 points off 17th, where Pardew’s old Crystal Palace sits, and they likely won’t be taking any crucial points from their remaining games against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham. (Not to mention two other outings against Palace and Pardew’s other ex-club, Newcastle United.)

The only question is: who will West Brom trust to replace him and steer them back up to the Premier League from the Championship next season?

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