Berlin (dpa) – After the successful debut of new coach Edin Terzic, BVB wants to start a series with the virtues of the iron host 1. FC Union Berlin is also gaining confidence from the past.
“Overall, we can be pleased with the presence and the fight in Bremen,” said BVB sports director Michael Zorc, referring to Borussia Dortmund’s most recent 2-1 Bundesliga victory at SV Werder: “It’s definitely better in the field. of game. But I really liked that we really wanted to force the victory. “
In the second season after promotion, Union has kept its typical bitterness, but has also grown playfully. 18 points means sixth place at the table – a record of success even after the last four games without a win. BVB’s 22 points and above all six points behind leader Bayer Leverkusen are disappointing and cost Lucien Favre his job. Now ex-assistant coach Terzic has to fix it. “We all agreed that we want to be braver. When I ask for courage, I have to show courage. That’s the way,” said the 38-year-old.
PRE-SEASON: At the end of August last year, Union celebrated its first victory in the Bundesliga against Borussia with a surprise 3-1. “You can hardly describe the atmosphere”, said coach Urs Fischer. However: The fans are excluded on Friday (8.30 pm / ZDF and DAZN) due to the corona pandemic. “It’s a different task,” the Swiss added, not just for this reason. Union already lost 5-0 in the return match in Dortmund. That’s still the Iron’s biggest defeat in the Bundesliga.
PRICE: Terzic comes to Berlin with respect. “You could see the energy in this club,” he told Unionern: “They are very stable, very brave and have made very good transfers. We have to be prepared, try to minimize the strengths of our opponents and ours on them. Bring space. “Terzic also relies on improvements to the recently weak Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho:” They showed a reaction on Tuesday and were very dangerous for us. The guys are good and they know it. We will bring them back little by little. bring to this power.
STATISTICS: Dortmund ended a negative run of three Bundesliga games without a win with a 2-1 win in Bremen. Union last won almost a month ago in Cologne (2: 1), but then lost to Hertha (1: 3) and won three draws – also against Bayern Munich a week ago.
PERSONAL UNION: Top striker Max Kruse is missing in any case until the end of January due to a torn muscle in his thigh. Christian Gentner, Marcus Ingvartsen, Joel Pohjanpalo, Nico Schlotterbeck and Anthony Ujah are also not available due to injury. Robert Andrich is still out after his red card in the derby against Hertha BSC. Central defender Florian Hübner, who was also recently ill, is ready for at least a partial bet.
STAFF BORUSSIA: At BVB midfielder Thomas Delaney and fullback Thomas Meunier are about to return to the team. It remains to be seen whether the defensive boss Mats Hummels, who was replaced shortly before time by muscle problems in Bremen, will be there.