Mike Büskens: Happy with the performance, but need to be better
The Royal Blues were able to celebrate a crucial 2-1 win away at Dynamo Dresden on Friday night (1/4). Head coach Mike Büskens and Victor Pálsson offered their honest thoughts on tonight’s result.
It was the first time in two years that this stadium has been sold-out. The level of support is very emotional, which means that the pressure isn’t only coming from the opponent, but also from the stands. We worked well against the ball in the first half, but weren’t able to create much in possession. We looked very unsettled when we had the ball and, with the exception of a few moments, weren’t able to give ourselves any breaks. We scored the opening goal at the right moment in time. We got off to a much better start in the second half, and looked much improved in possession. The team were then rewarded with a second goal; a lovely header from Simon Terodde. We then missed a chance to make it 3-0 through Thomas Ouwejan. If you’ve played here before, then you know that Dynamo are always capable of scoring. As soon as that happens, the crowd are immediately on their side and you really have to fight again. We were ready to take that on tonight. Overall, we are very happy with the result and the passion we displayed tonight. However, we also know that we need to play better in the upcoming games in order to find easier solutions for ourselves.
It’s a tough defeat. We looked the more likely to score for long periods, but then conceded a penalty just before half time. We fought back well after the second goal. Our passion and performance were good, but unfortunately the result wasn’t.
We weren’t good enough in the first half. It was important that we were awarded the penalty and that we took a 1-0 lead into the break with us. Scoring early into the second half was also important, and we played much better after the break. Every game is like a mini final for us. We need to stay grounded, stay focused and concentrate on the upcoming games.