By 90Min
December 17, 2017

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stöger was happy with the spirit that his team showed in their win against Hoffenheim, but stated that his side has room for improvement going forward.

A late Christian Pulisic goal gave Dortmund all three points as they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening. After the game Stöger spoke about the difference in quality in the two halves and how exactly his side managed to win the game, as reported by ESPN.

"At the beginning of the game we had a couple of big chances in transitions which we wasted too carelessly. Then we conceded a goal in an area despite having warned [our players] that Hoffenheim would like to pass there.

"In the second half, we managed to implement our match plan better. We managed to find players in the half spaces more often, which led to more dangerous plays. Both our goals were instigated in those half spaces."

The Austrian also insisted after the win that there is room for improvement for his team, claiming that the confidence of the players has taken a hit from their recent poor run, but has insisted that it won't be long before they are back to the top of their game.

"Not everything was on point today. We've been too clumsy in our passing. And if you give the ball away cheaply, you have to be more fierce in your tackles, but we also lacked the grit today.

"Yes, it was an important win against a good opponent today but we have a lot of room for improvement in those areas. Obviously, the confidence of individual players suffered during the long winless spell. It will take time until certain routines return.

"But I saw a team that was ready to throw everything they had into the game to get a result and that is very impressive. If we think ahead to early next year, after having some time to consolidate, then I think we will see a very good team."

Dortmund face Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday in their last competitive game of 2017. Der BVB will be hoping of a repeat of what happened when the sides last met in the cup back in April, with Dortmund coming out as victors. 

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