Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has conceded that Lucien Favre’s Die Schwarzgelben are lacking in confidence, which sparked SC Freiburg’s belief in taking a point on Saturday, as told to Kicker.
Reus has worn the captain’s armband in each Bundesliga fixture so far this season, but was unable to inspire a win over Freiburg at the weekend like he had against FC Augsburg, FC Koln and Bayer Leverkusen.
Dortmund held a lead over Freiburg twice on Saturday thanks to Axel Witsel striking his second of the term to open the scoring early on, before Achraf Hakimi put the visitors back ahead after Luca Waldschmidt found the net for an equaliser shortly after the break.
The Black and Yellow were set to take the win thanks to Hakimi’s goal until late into proceedings when Manuel Akanji put the ball into his own net, but Reus feels Favre’s side can only blame themselves for not creating more chances to put the game to bed.
“Freiburg simply had, I believe, more confidence in their own game,” he told Kicker. “We did not show that, at least in the second half. Then it is difficult to survive here.
“If you take the lead 2-1, you have to give more confidence and more playful solutions. We had too little in the second half. So, of course, the result is disappointing and, above all, the way that we did not play well in the second half, [we] did not create many chances.
“It is very, very bitter, because you have played a draw again.”
Dortmund travelled to Freiburg looking to win their first game of the league campaign since putting four past Bayer Leverkusen in September, with draws against Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen immediately following the result at home to Peter Bosz’s side.
Reus now hopes the international break will offer Die Borussen a chance to reset and come out strongly when they face Borussia Monchengladbach before clashes with Inter Milan, FC Schalke 04 and Monchengladbach again in the DFB Cup, all in the space of seven days.
“You can always improve a lot, even in good times,” he added, when asked what areas Dortmund need to be improved on. “Even guided tours do not give us the confidence that is normally the case here.
“I hope that the international break will do us some good, to clear our heads, so that we can go to the next period with new wind, because then we have even stronger opponents in front of our chest, then the English weeks really start. We have to be prepared differently and behave differently, especially when we take the lead.”
It could easily be argued that Dortmund are entering a make or break segment of the Bundesliga season, as the door to mount a title challenge is wide open with Bayern Munich somewhat struggling and Monchengladbach leading the table but only four points better off.
If Favre cannot stop watching BVB drop points, the Westfalenstadion natives’ hopes of a first title since 2012 will be blown away.
Reus clearly knows this threat, and is right in saying that he and his teammates must find a way to clear their minds and ditch the low confidence levels he feels deprived them of a stronger result against Freiburg.
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