The 2-1 victory over Mainz 05 meant the second three in the second game at the start of the year for Borussia Dortmund. And yet not everything is good with black and yellow: the weak performances are worrying. Edin Terzic still sees a lot of work to do for himself and the team.
Results hui, playful appearances (mostly) ugh: BVB started the new calendar year with the full number of points so far. Although only one place in the table has been made up so far, the gap to second place is only two points.
But of course that's not the whole truth. The Dortmunders continue to struggle with the problems that were in focus before the winter break. Offensively a barely visible structure, too much dependence on individual players and an overall high error rate, which is particularly evident on the defensive.
It is certainly an advantage for Edin Terzic and his standing that the two victories hide the ongoing weaknesses for the time being.
Although he recently praised how his team showed "a really good reaction" to the early goal, he also emphasized the great dangers in the Mainz game (via fussball.news): "It could have gone in all three directions. We are now the winners but it could just as easily have been a draw or a goal conceded in the last few minutes. We're glad we're off to a good start in 2023."
So where do you stand at BVB? Is the joy about the good and above all very important start prevailing in terms of the six points, or are you more concerned with the further course of the season that the appearances will sooner or later lead to increased point losses?
It was important for Terzic to note "that we still have a lot of work to do". With the results, black and yellow wanted to "continue the same way" on the one hand, but "finish the performance a bit" on the other.
In the next two games Dortmund will have to show that the two wins were not just luck. On Sunday afternoon they face a currently up-and-coming Bayer Leverkusen before the home game against SC Freiburg follows the following week.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as BVB collects points despite persistent shortcomings: Terzic sees "a lot of work".