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Ajax M. Reus (11), D. Blind (25), Antony (57), S. Haller (72)
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Marco Rose: 'The body language at 2-0 was as if we were 4-0 down already'

By Rune Gjerulff

Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose was disappointed with the body language displayed by his players in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat to Ajax.

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

Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose has shared his thoughts on his side's 4-0 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League last night.


"It's always a bad day when you lose 4-0. At half-time I told the lads that we started well before falling behind to another goal from a set-piece. The fact that Ajax are a good team and would create chances was clear, but our body language at 2-0 was as if we were 4-0 down already," Rose told Amazon Prime after the game.

"Up against a really strong opponent, we had three or four situations when we could have played things out much better in the final third. Their goalkeeper was exceptional and Ajax were worthy winners, who showed us where we need to improve and what we're striving for," he said.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus, whose own goal gave Ajax the lead, echoed the words of his coach.

"Ajax had a lot of chances and made the most of them. The first goal is my fault, I misjudged the delivery. Nevertheless, we had some really good opportunities with Erling. The game was too open from our point of view and Ajax were the better team on the night," Reus said.

"We weren't energetic enough in the challenges and didn't make our presence felt. That was a problem for us tonight and something we envisioned differently. It's hard to find the right words and have to collect ourselves, but the goals Ajax scored and the ease they played with needs to be addressed."


Ajax
(4-2-3-1)
32Remko Pasveer
12Noussair Mazraoui ↩83
2Jurriën Maduro
21Lisandro Martínez
17Daley Blind
4Edson Álvarez
8Ryan Gravenberch
11Antony ↩76
23Steven Berghuis ↩69
10Dušan Tadić (C)
22Sébastien Haller ↩83
Bench
16Jay Gorter
51Charlie Setford
7David Neres ↪76
9Danilo Pereira da Silva
19Zakaria Labyad
30Mohammed Daramy ↪83
3Perr Schuurs
15Devyne Rensch ↪83
31Nicolás Tagliafico
6Davy Klaassen ↪69
20Mohammed Kudus
25Kenneth Taylor
Dortmund
(4-3-3)
1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier ↩79
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels ↩79
14Nico Schulz ↩46
22Jude Bellingham
28Axel Witsel
19Julian Brandt ↩88
11Marco Reus (C)
9Erling Håland
21Donyell Malen ↩53
Bench
25Luca Unbehaun
35Marwin Hitz
27Steffen Tigges
36Ansgar Knauff ↪88
5Dan-Axel Zagadou
34Marin Pongracic ↪79
10Thorgan Hazard ↪53
20Reinier
23Emre Can ↪46
30Felix Passlack
39Marius Wolf ↪79

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