At the BVB the house blessing is really crooked. Participation in the Champions League seems in acute danger and an improvement is hardly in sight. Meanwhile, the team should even think back to ex-coach Lucien Favre. Head coach Edin Terzic is not necessarily the problem, but cannot get the problems under control. Time for plain text, dear Dortmunders!
The sports club from Freiburg is actually one of BVB’s absolute favorite opponents. The last 19 duels were won 16 times by black and yellow, three more times they were drawn. The fact that they trotted off the Freiburg field as a loser last Saturday fits into the current picture of a sobering Ruhrpott troop.
The term “troop” is a good fit, because there can be no talk of a unit in Dortmund at the moment. The actual claim to stand up to FC Bayern in the title race was clearly missed. Instead, the BVB stars tremble about participating in the premier class and have to congratulate the German record champions on the (presumed) championship after just 20 matchdays.
If you listen to and look around in fan circles, the criticism is often about the mentality of the team. A 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, for example, is the only one who continuously and unconditionally makes steam. Extremely shameful for the rest of the group! You need Kevin Großkreutz eleven times on the pitch to show the right fighting spirit.
The necessary motto: rip your ass! Even if blatant bad passes persist, Bürki and Hitz (too) often get behind them and actual service providers like Reus and Can lag behind expectations. One for all, all for one! A typical mentality lyre in football that by no means exists for nothing.
Dortmund’s problems are fundamentally anchored in the minds of all players. If it doesn’t work, you get nervous. After all, such a talented team must always work, that’s the belief at Borsigplatz. Not working with Lucien Favre? Away with him – that’s the demand within the team. Now the Swiss is gone and you notice in the dressing room that the idea may not have been a very good one after all. According to picture The Dortmunders should currently think back to the Swiss. The constant positive speech and the lax analyzes of new coach Terzic do not please the BVB professionals. And now? Away with him again ?!
How about touching your own nose? At BVB you stick your head in the sand too quickly. It should be clear to everyone that the title in Dortmund cannot be taken for granted. Nevertheless, the comeback of FC Bayern in winter 2018/19 should serve as a little food for thought for the black and yellow. On the 15th matchday of the said season, Munich were nine points behind BVB, but stayed focused, only concerned with their own goals and at the end of the season – with two points ahead of Dortmund – stretched the bowl towards the sky.
Despite avoidable defeats and draws in the Bundesliga (e.g. against Leverkusen) and in the Champions League round of 16 against Liverpool (1: 3), Bayern did not give up, but achieved as a unit and without the demand for their then coach Niko Kovac to be expelled their set goal.
Meanwhile, the BVB professionals continue to pull the wrong lever and look for explanations of their weak phase in Terzic. The 38-year-old trainer is certainly not doing everything right, but in the end he is the poorest pig. For a head coach – as competent as he may be – it is difficult to reach his players in such a phase. “Do you have shit on your feet, do you have shit on your feet”, Andi Brehme once said. And that applies here to both players and coaches.
A similar situation of his colleague of the same age in Bremen showed last season how dangerous it can be if the players lack the necessary focus. In the meantime Florian Kohfeldt as – symbolic – captain of SV Werder has been able to curve the sinking ship around the iceberg and now seems to be on the right path with new energy and young sailors.
Werder stuck to Kohfeldt – just as they are planning in Dortmund with Terzic until the end of the season. In the summer, Marco Rose from Borussia Mönchengladbach should take over the helm. It now seems important at BVB that the players and coaches TOGETHER turn things around – now! This requires a good portion of fighting spirit and will, but also mutual trust.