The new Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has said that it was the work of his predecessor Peter Bosz that led to the team’s first Bundesliga win since September.
Earlier this week Dortmund defeated Mainz 2 – 0 just two days after Stoger took over from Bosz. Stoger said that they are “very happy” with the win but critics will point out that it took them until the 55th minute to score the first goal.
However, once ahead the team looked more comfortable and despite a number of missed opportunities, they consolidated the win in the 89th minute.
Speaking after his first game in charge Stoger said, “We didn’t start too well into the game, the lack of confidence was visible. During the break, we mentioned a few things that we wanted to improve. The second half was clearly better, we managed to exude dominance, managed to better our positional play and organisation.”
He then pointed out that, “a lot of today’s positives belong to Peter Bosz. He has left something really good behind. I haven’t heard anybody here utter a single bad word about him.”
One of the first changes made by Stoger was starting right-back Jeremy Tolijan and centre-back Omer Toprak after they missed out on most of the games in the past few weeks. Stoger also allowed midfielder Julian Weigl to play in a deeper position where he looked more comfortable and helped boost the team’s passing accuracy to 96.8 percent.
After the match Weigl told Sky that he enjoyed the game, “I had a little more freedom today than in the last few weeks, but I don’t want to look back. Though I had a lot of fun today.”
Stoger said that he tries to allow players to be positioned where they feel most comfortable and can make the most of their qualities.
Borussia Dortmund play Hoffenheim on Saturday in their last Bundesliga match of the year before facing Bayern Munich on December 20th in the German Cup.