Dortmund - Union Berlin

Germany: Bundesliga
Dortmund R. Guerreiro (10), E. Håland (24), M. Friedrich (52), E. Håland (83)
Signal-Iduna-Park4-2Attendance: 25.000
Union Berlin M. Kruse (Pen. 57), A. Voglsammer (81)

Rose, Reus, and Hummels discuss defensive issues: "We need to take ourselves to task."

By Peter Vice

Borussia Dortmund supporters cannot accuse their team of failing to supply exciting football at the moment. Captain, defensive leader, and head-coach are still not entirely satisfied with the number off goals conceded. 

Marco Rose.
Marco Rose. Photo: Borussia Dortmund/OneFootball

Asked about the two goals conceded to visiting 1. FC Union Berlin on Sunday evening, BVB trainer Marco Rose summed them up in one word: "Unnecessary".

"That should get on our nerves," the head-coach added, "That costs us energy that we can't always conjure up just like that. We need some self-skewering there. We need to take ourselves to task and work on it."

"We make it unnecessarily difficult for ourselves," team captain Marco Reus concurred, "We let in another silly set-piece goal. That's the fourth or fifth now. We simply have to defend set-pieces better."

Recently returned veteran defensive "quarterback" Mats Hummels, never shy of criticizing his team's defending in set-piece situations, had some words about the team's performance in open play this time.

"We have to occupy the spaces better," Hummels added in his own post-match interview, "We shrink the field to much when we have possession in certain areas of the pitch. We then lose balls too easily. We don't always remain sharp."

1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels ↩89
13Raphaël Guerreiro
22Jude Bellingham
28Axel Witsel
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↩84
11Marco Reus (C) ↩89
9Erling Håland
21Donyell Malen ↩73
35Marwin Hitz
18Youssoufa Moukoko ↪89
36Ansgar Knauff
34Marin Pongracic ↪89
10Thorgan Hazard ↪84
30Felix Passlack
37Tobias Raschl
39Marius Wolf ↪73
Union Berlin
1Andreas Luthe
5Marvin Friedrich (C)
31Robin Knoche
25Timo Baumgartl ↩77
6Julian Ryerson
21Grischa Prömel
8Rani Khedira ↩71
23Niko Gießelmann
7Levin Öztunali ↩55
10Max Kruse ↩77
14Taiwo Awoniyi ↩55
19Frederik Rønnow
9Andreas Voglsammer ↪77
17Kevin Behrens ↪55
36Cedric Teuchert ↪55
3Paul Jaeckel
28Christopher Trimmel
15Paweł Wszołek
18Keita Endo ↪77
24Genki Haraguchi ↪71

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