Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus slammed the team’s performance after a shock 3-1 defeat to Bundesliga new boys Union Berlin.
After winning both of their opening games, Reus and Dortmund arrived in Berlin as favourites for victory. The hosts, who are competing in the Bundesliga for the first time ever, had only collected one point in comparison.
But it was the underdogs who took the lead when Marius Bulter slotted home Christopher Trimmel’s corner.
While Jadon Sancho’s cross enabled Paco Alcacer to equalise, Bulter restored Berlin’s lead in the second-half before Sebastian Andersson wrapped up a 3-1 win and a first one in the German top-flight for the club.
And Reus, who struggled to make an impact himself on Saturday, was left to rue Dortmund’s forgettable performance after dropping valuable points.
“We were simply completely stupid the whole game,” said the German forward on the club’s website.
“In between, we had a few good situations, but then we were a little sloppy in the final third.
“At 1-1, we were in control of the game but it was not enough. We sometimes believe that you can win these sort of games on our quality alone.”
Reus added: “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.”
Dortmund boss Lucien Favre added: “We have to keep our patience and not play hastily with the score at 1-1; we have to defend very well. This is very important.
“Instead, we have lost our patience [and conceded] an unnecessary goal.
“Even then, we should have kept patient. There was still time to make it 2-2 and maybe win the game as well. Our second half was not good.”
Dortmund currently find themselves down in fifth-place in the league standings with six points from three games.
Although Bayern Munich’s 6-1 hammering of Mainz on the same day means that Reus and his BVB team-mates are now trailing their rivals by a point.