Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose has told his players they need to improve for Saturday’s game at Hertha Berlin, their last of the year, to turn a decent first half of the season into a better one. Dortmund’s 3-0 win on Wednesday against Greuther Fuerth kept them in second place, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Rose, however, criticized his team for what he said was their poor overall performance. The Bundesliga enters a three-week winter break after the weekend games and resumes on January 7.
“We have to do it differently (than against Fuerth),” Rose said at an online press conference Friday. “Otherwise it will be difficult to get anything out of this game in Berlin. We have to improve, be cleaner and not complicate our lives, especially when we have possession.”
“With the ball we made too many mistakes against Fuerth, easy mistakes and we had too little push towards goal.” Dortmund’s victory over Fuerth was their first in three league games. Hertha are in poorer form and firmly engaged in a relegation battle, in 14th place and only one point away from the relegation playoff spot.
Despite the arrival of coach Tayfun Korkut at the end of November to replace Pal Dardai, the Berliners have yet to achieve just one victory in their last seven league games. “But they can trip us up,” Rose said. “They have a lot of quality in the team, a lot of individual quality.”
“We played a decent first half and we can improve it a bit with success (Saturday) and that has to be our goal,” said Rose.
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