Dortmund / Berlin (dpa) – More passion, more courage, more togetherness. Edin Terzic has awakened a new sense of unity at Borussia Dortmund.
After the successful debut of the “Adrenalin-Spender” (“Kicker”), the fourth Bundesliga wants to take the next step towards sporting consolidation in a duel with Union Berlin on Friday (8.30 pm / ZDF and DAZN). Favre’s successor hopes that his team will perform as diligently as the 2-1 victory in Bremen: “Now that’s the level of will and dedication we always have to show.”
A match at the Eiserne is a good indication of how far Terzic is in his efforts to push the very talented Borussia out of his moodiness. That it is difficult to survive in the An der Alten Försterei stadium was painfully felt by BVB on match day three of last season when the then-promoted Berlin team caused a sensation with a 3-1 victory and the highly trafficked Borussia bought the lead . . “You could see what energy this club has,” said Terzic.
And FC Bayern’s 1: 1 in the same place last Saturday should give enough warning to the BVB professionals. Terzic made no secret of his appreciation for his colleague Urs Fischer’s team: “Usually the second year in the Bundesliga is more difficult than the first. But they don’t show it and they are very stable and brave.”
Fischer returned the compliments. “They were very aggressive and kept pushing. I think I can see nuances that have changed a bit,” he praised Borussia’s performance in Bremen.
But despite all the appreciation for Terzic, the Swiss expressed their misunderstanding of how to deal with the now exempt Favre: “He had to take a lot of criticism. For me it was absurd.” Fischer referred to the fact that Favre was Dortmund’s best coach on points and also developed a dynamic and fast playing style: “As a coaching colleague, you wonder: what do you want to do?”, The national coach noted.
In Dortmund, however, such debates about Favre are already over. With a success in Berlin and four days later in the cup match at Eintracht Braunschweig, Borussia should be back on the right track halfway through and ensure a conciliatory end to the year. Like Terzic, sports director Michael Zorc also gave the direction: “In Bremen I had the impression that the team wanted to force success. I liked that.”
Not only on the square, but also on the sidelines, it was more lively in Bremen than under the leadership of the rather reserved and quiet Favres. Terzic wants to use loud commands to power his professionals in Berlin. The fact that substitutes like Emre Can also contributed to this kind of motivation on Tuesday is entirely in the interest of the coach: “If we want to demand and achieve the maximum, we must also set a good example. That also applies to everyone.”
Diminishing concerns about staff are fueling confidence. With midfielder Thomas Delaney and fullback Thomas Meunier, two recently injured professionals are about to return to the squad. “We hope they are operational again,” said Terzic. The coach left it open whether defensive boss Mats Hummels, who was replaced shortly before time with muscle problems, will be there.