After an eventful few days, including the appointment of a new head coach, the expectations of the capital club were big for the home match against Borussia Dortmund. The positive energy around the ground before kick-off was reflected out on the pitch. The desire showed by Jürgen Klinsmann’s starting XI was enormous. The home side went down, but Vladimir Darida’s goal gave the hosts a lifeline before half time. However, it wasn’t enough and, despite Dortmund being reduced to ten men, the comeback wasn’t to be.
Davie Selke: “The fact that Dortmund were a man down was a result of the pressure we put them under. Our opponents weren’t ready for it. Then there was my disallowed goal, I just saw it and so many times, VAR doesn’t intervene, it was millimetres offside. It would have been totally deserved. We had more attempts and made more tackles. We played hard from the start. I also think that is a reflection of the effect that Jürgen Klinsmann has had. Unfortunately, Dortmund scored twice from their first three chances. That is football, and football is sometimes painful. Anybody who understands football will have seen that we showed a different side to us today. So it is extremely irritating that we didn’t get at least a point. We will keep on going and then the points will come on their own. In my opinion, we deserved to win. We will carry on going and then the points will come by themselves.”
Niklas Stark: “Of course you always say that there are positives to be taken from the game, empty words after this game. We have already felt Jürgen’s influence – we were determined to tackle, pressed well. Obviously we needed to work on our spacing, Dortmund took advantage of this, but otherwise it was a step forward. We came back well. It was tough not to make it 2-2. But we can’t do anything about that. Jürgen has done a lot in such a short space of time. We have to remain positive, even when things aren’t going well. It’s all about digging in and having fun, also not overthinking it. It will turn around if we work hard. I think that we have taken a big step. The standard of opposition that awaits in the coming weeks is clear. We are dedicating all of our concentration and energy to that”