Tiger Punch, October 21. Dort’s captain Royce was interviewed after Dortmund’s 1-3 loss to Lazio.
Royce said: "We slept in the first half. We didn't play tightly and missed all opportunities. We were not determined enough. Of course you can't perform like this, especially in the first game of the Champions League. During the game. This is really bad."
Speaking of the reasons for this performance, Royce said: "You always think about it too simplistically. Of course, Lazio also has excellent players. But of course this is not an excuse we found. Today is really small details. The shortcomings caused the difference in the score. We have fewer players in the front court. Although we can create threats, our passes are not good, our counterattacks are not good, in fact, we completely missed everything. This is in the Champions League. Of course it was very bad in the game."
Royce was replaced in this game. He said: "I didn't play well. You have to say that, like the whole team. Of course, we have to endure any criticism. This is not about individuals, but about the entire team. No way. As a team playing together, we don’t have a good defense. Generally speaking, we didn’t play well and deserve to lose."