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 victory. “
In the second season after promotion, Union has kept its typical bite, but has grown playfully at the same time. 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 captain 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 Bundesliga victory against Borussia with a surprise 3-1. “You can hardly describe the atmosphere”, coach Urs Fischer recalls. However: The fans are excluded on Friday (8.30 pm / ZDF and DAZN) due to the corona pandemic. “It’s a different task,” added the Swiss, 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 to date.
PRICE: Terzic comes to Berlin with respect. “You could see the energy in this club,” he said to Unionern: “They are very stable, very brave and have made very good transfers. We have to be prepared, trying to minimize the strengths of our opponents and ours. 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 put them on this one little by little. bring strength.
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 reached three draws – also against Bayern Munich a week ago.
PERSONAL UNION: Top scorer Max Kruse is missing at least 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 ruled 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 if defensive boss Mats Hummels, who was replaced shortly before time by muscle problems in Bremen, will be there.