Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels expressed his dismay at how his team were beaten by Rangers in the first leg of their Europa League knockout round play-off at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday.
The Bundesliga outfit lost 4-2 to the champions of Scotland, finding themselves 4-1 down after 54 minutes before Raphael Guerreiro fired a late goal back to add to Jude Bellingham’s earlier effort.
Marco Rose’s men were all over the place at the back, with a James Tavernier penalty and Alfredo Morelos’ goal giving them a 2-0 half-time lead.
Before John Lundstram made it three, a Dan-Axel Zagadou’s goal restored the three-goal cushion after Bellingham briefly reduced the deficit.
Hummels was far from happy after the game, lamenting how he and his teammates conceded the goals, having shipped five in their previous home game against Bayer Leverkusen, resulting in a 5-2 defeat.
After the defeat, the 2014 World Cup winner said to RTL:
“If you look at the Leverkusen game, we conceded four goals after unnecessarily losing the ball.
“That happened with the first, second and fourth goals here.
“So I think we know our problem: the coach often mentions it enough.
“We’re playing an awful lot of nonsensical football, a lot of illogical football and making our opponents so strong.
“We also have an overly complex football game. If we play this way, we’ll sometimes win and sometimes lose, but we won’t have success.”
This game was the first time Dortmund have conceded four goals at home in a European match since their 8-4 win against Legia Warsaw in the Champions League in 2016.
Rangers boss was understandably beaming with pride after a famous European night for his team.
Even so, he acknowledges there is still plenty to do before next Thursday’s second leg at Ibrox.
“It’s an outstanding result for us against a quality team, a big team in Europe,” he said.
“We wanted to take a result back with us to Glasgow to get a good game next week.
“I think we achieved that with the two-goal difference we take back. And I’m proud of the performance the players have shown.
“We also know we’re only halfway, and there’s still one game to be played.
“But to come here and score four away goals in Europe is an outstanding achievement.
“So I’m more than happy with the result, and especially the performance.”
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