The new BVB: Terzic’s measures bear fruit

Status: 01/30/2023 12:13 PM

Edin Terzic surprised Leverkusen with an unexpected line-up. Above all, BVB, which was organized in terms of personnel, showed itself with a completely renewed attitude to work.

Edin Terzic smiled happily at BayArena. Coach Borussia Dortmund He had every reason to be at peace with himself and the world on Sunday night in Leverkusen. With Not only did his team triumph 2-0 against the fast-paced Bayer players, who have been going strong lately – BVB finally had that grit and consistency over the 90 minutes that the team so often lacked in the past year.

BVB team overflowing – stars off the bench

“Everyone did an excellent job,” said Terzic, who surprised the experts, fans and perhaps his players with a few personal changes. Experienced players such as Rafael Guerrero, Mats Hummels and Donyell Malen were missing from the starting line-up, youngster Youssouf Moukoko spent 90 minutes on the bench and had to watch while Sebastien Haller was allowed to start in his first eleven matches and veteran Anthony Modest later on. You get at least a few minutes of playing time.

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There was also no room for Gio Reyna and Donyell Malen, and instead Karim Adeyemi, later youngster Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, was allowed to play. Presumptive Bundesliga players such as Mo Daoud and Thorgan Hazard never found a place in the squad. Terzic built Emre Can as an extra six – the 29-year-old fell repeatedly in the three-man defense against a nimble Leverkusen side and delivered a tactically flawless match.

Marius Wolf – plays the all-rounder up front

Marius Wolf also found his place in the starting line-up – for the first time since the match against Schalke 04 in September. And the regular left-back, basically a versatile player, knew how to convince with his enthusiasm. With an 88% tackle rate, he was the BVB’s most outstanding player on the field. He was also instrumental in preparing my BVB targets. Adeyemi’s 1-0 win was preceded by Wolfe’s ball in midfield, and he made it 2-0 with a sharp cross in perfect fashion.

“Pull through” – goalkeeper Gregor Coppel

This bite, focus and focus on special tasks – Wolfe’s virtues finally showed on Sunday evening in fact all BVB players. And that within 90 minutes. “Now we have to work it out,” said goalkeeper Gregor Coppel, who, as usual, was a very reliable support for his team. What the goalkeeper said: In the past he had good phases with several players, but then lost focus very quickly.

Terzic: Are we ready?

Three victories in the new year returned the team to the absolute first group in the league – but the tasks did not become easier. The all-important match comes at home to Nachbra SC Freiburg next Saturday, before next week they go to VfL Bochum in the DFB Cup. And then comes the Bundesliga match at Werder Bremen.

“We want to stay in the areas we are in now and continue attacking,” Terzic announced after the match. Not forgetting the deep reflections of the past: “Don’t make us better than we are. We still have some problems,” said the coach, succinctly recalling the rest of the season as a test of character: “Now it comes down to: Are we ready to take the next step? Do we do a little bit now And do we have to catch up? Or do we stay in the middle by keeping our feet on the accelerator.”

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