Speaking after Borussia Dortmund‘s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, head coach Edin Terzić praised his team’s performance after taking a 1-0 lead through Jude Bellingham and limiting Pep Guardiola’s side to zero shots on target until John Stones’ equaliser on 80 minutes.
“For me, it’s the third time we’ve played against them and the third time we’re going home empty handed,” said Terzić. “It’s really bitter because the boys would have deserved at least a point. You could see the kind of quality City have. When we run out of steam, they up the ante.”
Borussia Dortmund were disciplined in defence but lacked the cutting edge on the counter-attack. It was arguably BVB’s best defensive performance of the season.
“The way we wanted to approach it was to close down the middle and keep the ball in front of us because they then tend to play diagonal balls a lot,” added Terzić. “It was a big compliment for us that they then put their outstanding individual players like Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne out wide because they couldn’t find them in the middle. Unfortunately, we ultimately didn’t manage to keep the pressure high enough to keep them away from our goal.”
Erling Haaland scored the winner against his former club six minutes from time. “Not many players in the world would score that goal. In recent years, we have benefited from him scoring goals like that for us,” added Terzić. “That makes it very frustrating and bitter that he did it for the opposing team today. We had the Man City attack under good control and almost entirely stopped the service to Erling.”