There was more, even for a very small BVB team: With only established players Mats Hummels, Youssef Mukoko and Mahmoud Daoud in the squad, Borussia Dortmund celebrated their 3-1 (1-0) win over Westphalian Ligue 1 club in the first friendly match of the new season, but it didn’t fully do. Persuading their coach Edin Terzic: ‘We were hoping for a better performance’The coach said publicly after the match.
Terzic, who was on the verge of succeeding Marco Rose before his first full season as head coach, didn’t want to rate the game too highly. Notable newcomers and foreigners are not there yet and preparations will start next Friday only. Recently injured professionals have been given a break. The BVB team was filled with many players from U19 and U23. “The less-than-perfect performance should be ceded to the boys after a tough week of training and with so many guys, who was the first time they trained and played at this level. It was a good test for that” said the 39-year-olds.
In front of nearly 3,000 spectators at the Schwansbill stadium, Under-23 newcomer Prince Anning of Ajax Amsterdam (45th), Bradley Fink (54th) and Goktan Gurbuz (62nd) scored the Bundesliga club’s goals. Amiens Anafay (78) scored the famous goal for the hosts. Dortmund entered the game slowly and could only control the opening goal: Terzic asserted that his youth in Dortmund had had a “proper stage at the start of the second half. We had clarity on the ball and we were right there to win it. When we lost him.” That wasn’t the case before and a little later, the coach complained. Terzic would have liked this theatrical behavior “from the first second and then to the end”.
In the next test match, BVB will play third-division club Dinamo Dresden on Saturday (5pm). This is where many young players get the next opportunity to draw attention to themselves. Because the BVB Patriots only start with performance diagnoses at the end of the week and the Test match is surely too early for them. Terzic is looking forward to continuing to work with talent: “Now we have the opportunity to give the boys a chance to get to know us better, to get to know them better. This stage is very good for that,” said BVB athletic coach.