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Marcel Schmelzer, Dortmund collapse in derby; UCL hopes now in jeopardy

 Michy Batshuayi's injury could spell trouble for Dortmund's UCL hopes.
Michy Batshuayi's injury summed up Dortmund's day in a 2-0 loss to rivals Schalke.

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund's Champions League ambitions are in peril after Sunday's 2-0 defeat to bitter foes Schalke 04 in the Revierderby. An announced 61,786 spectators at the Veltins Arena did not see a high-quality game of football even though it was second against third with teams lurking for their rivals to make a mistake.

It was the visitors who complied, as BVB captain Marcel Schmelzer lost the ball to Daniel Caligiuri in the 50th minute. Yevhen Konoplyanka finished off...

Schmelzer criticises fellow BVB players for talking about Europa League title

SALZBURG, Austria -- Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said that the team had no excuses left after crashing out of the Europa League against Salzburg on Thursday.

Schmelzer, 28, slammed his team for not showing up in either leg against Salzburg which finished 2-1 on aggregate after Thursday's scoreless draw as BVB failed to find a way back from loss at the Westfalenstadion.

"Our mentality couldn't have been at 100 percent in either game," Schmelzer told reporters after the game, criticising...

 By Mark Lovell

Marcel Schmelzer backtracks on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticism

Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer has backtracked after he said striker Pierre-Emerick should be brought back into line at the Bundesliga club.

Aubameyang has repeatedly made the headlines in the past year after a succession of disciplinary problems

In November, it was reported that the Gabon international "allowed himself numerous lapses of discipline, arrives late for training constantly and considers himself untouchable."

On Monday, BVB captain Schmelzer had told Sky Deutschland:...

Marcel Schmelzer furious with effort from Dortmund players

DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer described his team's performance as "absolute impudence" amid a home loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

The Black and Yellows saw their winless streak extended to eight games in the Bundesliga, during which time they've plummeted from first to seventh place, and Sport Bild and other German outlets reported that coach Peter Bosz would be sacked on Sunday following the latest setback.

But a visibly angry Schmelzer said after the game...

Marc Bartra, Dortmund backline spatially unaware against Spurs

DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund's farewell tour in the UEFA Champions League extended to five winless games out of five in Group H as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to win 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night.

Overall, Dortmund have only one win out of their last nine games, which came against third-division Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal. Chances are, the Black and Yellows will enter the Europa League without having won a single match in the Champions League group stage, which is...

Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer says players owe coach Peter Bosz

Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer has backed Peter Bosz and told kicker: "It's our duty to give something back to the coach."

BVB have dropped from first to third in the Bundesliga and all but crashed out of the Champions League during a turbulent seven-game run.

Bosz has come under fire for his high defensive line in a 4-3-3 system, and questions have been raised about whether the former Ajax man can turn things around.

The Dortmund hierarchy have backed Bosz and captain Schmelzer did...