Edin Terzic on PSG defeat: We weren’t brave enough

Edin Terzic. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Edin Terzic. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Edin Terzic lamented Borussia Dortmund’s lack of courage as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against PSG on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund began their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening. The performance and result did little to quell the pressure on Edin Terzic and his team, who have endured a difficult start to the season.

Terzic felt that they gave too much respect to PSG, and did not play with enough courage. The BVB head coach added that they lost the ball far too cheaply time and time again, allowing their opponents to gain control of the game.

"“You can put it nicely and say we showed them too much respect. Or you can say that we simply lacked courage. We wanted to be much more courageous and put the opponent under pressure much earlier and much more aggressively.”“We had a lot of unnecessary ball losses. When you win the ball but give it away after three seconds, it makes things even more difficult.”“We changed to a 3-4-3 in the second half and things looked a bit better. In the end though, we deserved the defeat. When you make these mistakes in the Champions League, you get punished.”"

Despite not creating much in terms of chances, Borussia Dortmund managed to prevent PSG from scoring in the first-half. But a contentious penalty decision from the referee allowed the home side to take the lead early in the second half through Kylian Mbappe.

Achraf Hakimi then added a second to leave the Black and Yellows with a mountain to climb. And while they did fare better in the closing stages, it wasn’t enough to cause any major problems to the PSG defence.

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The defeat to PSG leaves Borussia Dortmund facing a must-win game against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga this weekend. Next up for Edin Terzic and co. in the UEFA Champions League is a home game against AC Milan on October 4.