Edin Terzic has admitted that there were plenty of things that he didn't like as Borussia Dortmund were held to a 2-2 draw by AZ Alkmaar on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund continued their preparations for the second half of the season with a friendly match against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on Saturday afternoon. And they needed goals from Marcel Sabitzer and Marco Reus to rescue a 2-2 draw. The Black and Yellows looked lacklustre in the first two quarters of the 120-minute game, but delivered a much improved performance in the second-half.
Edin Terzic was pleased with his side's energy, especially in the first 30 minutes of the second-half. But he was also disappointed with the frequent ball losses and counter-attacking opportunities that were afforded to AZ Alkmaar.
"I think we actually started the game quite well, but then we started to lose the ball far too easily. Then we had to defend a lot of attacks and counter-attacks, and we didn't like that at all. Those are the issues we've been working on really intensively over the last five days," the Borussia Dortmund head coach said after the game.
"The first 30 minutes of the second-half were really good. You could see the energy with which we wanted to carve out spaces, how we supported each other, had good moments of pressing and won a lot of balls on the counter-press. But in the end, of course, we wanted to win the game and we're not satisfied with the result."
Despite the underwhelming result, it was a good workout for Edin Terzic's side who will next be in action on Tuesday in a friendly match against Belgian side Standard Liège. Borussia Dortmund's first Bundesliga game of 2024 will see them travel to SV Darmstadt on January 13.