Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus described his team’s performance on Saturday as “competely stupid” after they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Bundesliga newboys Union Berlin.
Dortmund fell behind early on but Paco Alcacer equalised in the first half before Marius Bülter completed his brace in the 50th minute and Sebastian Andersson sealed the game for the home side.
The implications of Dortmund’s defeat: Five things to know…
- Dortmund are now fifth in the Bundesliga table on six points. RB Leipzig, Bayern, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen make up the top four.
- The win for Union Berlin was their first in Bundesliga histor.y
- It’s a big weekend after the international break as RB Leipzig play Bayern whilst Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen.
- Alcacer is third in the goalscoring charts on four goals and one assist.
- England international Jadon Sancho is second in goal involvements, with two goals and three assists already.
Captain Marco Reus hasn’t had a blistering start this season, but he felt the whole team was responsible for the result in Berlin.
Reus said: “We were simply completely stupid the whole game. In between, we had a few good situations, but then were a little sloppy in the final third. After the 1: 1 we were in control and well in the game.
“Overall, it was not enough. We sometimes believe that you can win this sort of games on our quality alone. This has to stop! We simply have to show the same virtues that distinguished us last season.
“These are will to win and passion – and then we can start playing. Every one of us has to up their game and we’ll have to start in two weeks’ time.”
1. FC Union Berlin have won a Bundesliga game for the first time in the club's history.
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Can Dortmund end their Bundesliga frustration?
Dortmund last won the league title in 2012, when they claimed the double under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. This summer saw Dortmund make some shrewd signings, including Julian Brandt and Mats Hummels while Alcacer penned a permanent deal.
Meanwhile, Bayern are looking to secure their eighth consecutive title. However, Niko Kovac’s side look far from invincible and Dortmund will have to be ready to pounce if and when they do drop points.
RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will also be competitive in the chasing pack, with the former starting well under Julian Nagelsmann to climb to the top of the table with consecutive victories.