Marcel Sabitzer sees room for improvement after Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 win over Schott Mainz

Marcel Sabitzer. (Photo by Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Marcel Sabitzer. (Photo by Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images) /

Marcel Sabitzer believes that there is plenty of room for improvement for Borussia Dortmund after their 6-1 win over TSV Schott Mainz on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund began their 2023/24 season with a dominant 6-1 win over TSV Schott Mainz in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t the most convincing of performances from the Black and Yellows, who made a slow start and gave the fourth division side plenty of opportunities on the counter-attack.

Marcel Sabitzer highlighted some of the areas that they must analyse after the game. He added that they lost the ball too quickly at times. And if they make such errors in the Bundesliga, the opposition would be more likely to punish them.

"“Mainz had a lot of counterattacking situations in the opening minutes, we had a hard time getting into the game,” Sabitzer said (via Ruhr Nachrichten).“We lost the ball too easily on a number of occasions. That must not happen to us. In the league, these errors can cost us, and we have to avoid that. We have to analyse these things. But it’s normal that not everything goes right in the first competitive match. We won 6-1 and accomplished our task.”"

Sabitzer, who was making his competitive debut for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, got on the score-sheet in the second half and also assisted Donyell Malen’s goal. The Austrian international said that he feels very comfortable at BVB, and is ready to play in any role for the club.

"“I gained confidence and rhythm in the training camp. It feels like I’ve been here for a while. I feel very comfortable, the guys are great. My position depends on what the coach says. I feel very comfortable in the role of a link-up player. A goal and an assist on my debut is nice, of course, it feels good.”"

Marcel Sabitzer joined Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich last month, and has slotted in seamlessly at his new club. The 29 year old will have a key role to play in the middle of the park as the Black and Yellows look to win the Bundesliga title this season.

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Borussia Dortmund will begin their 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign next weekend with a home game against FC Köln.