Borussia Dortmund midfield man Sven Bender felt that his side lacked purpose in their 2-0 loss at Mainz in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.
Although Dortmund entered their trip to Mainz in high spirits after their 2-0 UEFA Champions’ League group stage win over Arsenal on Tuesday, they lost their second match of the new German Bundesliga season, with it being just four games old.
Shinji Okazaki scored for Mainz before Ciro Immobile missed a penalty for the visitors. Mathias Ginter then scored an own goal which rounded off a miserable day for Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.
And Bender said his side were wasteful in the defeat.
“We were not ambitious enough,” Bender told Dortmund’s official website.
“We were aware that it would be a very tough match. [But] we have shown that we know how it goes against Arsenal.”
“We must remain clear in our actions [and be] purposeful.”
“After the break we had the game under control but one counterattack… [and] the game [is turned] on its head.”
“We need to be wide awake on Wednesday against Stuttgart.”