Borussia Dortmund start the new year in sixth place in the Bundesliga. The first task in the target race to catch up with is FC Augsburg on Sunday (3:30 p.m., live on DAZN). “It was a very long winter break, which had never happened before. Of course, we are happy that it is starting again. We have to make amends and now we want to implement the things that we have analysed,” said said coach Edin Terzic during Friday afternoon’s press conference.
A few question marks remain in terms of personnel: Thomas Meunier and Mateu Morey are absent, while there is a question mark behind Marco Reus, Emre Can, Mahmoud Dahoud and Anthony Modeste. “Emre couldn’t participate fully in Thursday’s session, Marco has been sick all week, we have to wait and see how fit Mahmoud and Anthony are after their long injury breaks.”
Use of BVB captain Reus questionable
Returnee Sebastien Haller is an option for Terzic for the starting XI: “He worked very hard and presented himself very well. But we must not forget: he played his last competitive game in May for Ajax Amsterdam. We are really proud of him. We will discuss privately if he will play from the start or if he will be replaced.”
Newcomer Julian Ryerson could also make his BVB debut: “He is characterized by intense play and his goal threat. I hope he can help the team in the second half of the season and in the future. “, said Terzic.
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12:50 p.m.: The press conference is over.
12:48 p.m .: Edin Terzic to Youssoufa Moukoko: “One hundred percent clarity is not there yet, but we are happy that there will be clarity soon. I am happy every day that I work with him. Few people would have believed him capable of the development he has taken since July. He is someone who always gives 100%. But the last few months have not been easy for him.
12:45 p.m .: Edin Terzic on the opponent of FC Augsburg: “A lot has happened in Augsburg this week in terms of personnel, which of course does not make it easy for us. Even though they haven’t won seven games now, they have been very aggressive and close. They played very well against strong teams like Leipzig, Bayern or Leverkusen and they had to follow those games very closely. It’s going to be a very intense game, but we’re ready for it.”
12:42 p.m .: Edin Terzic on the competition: “The word fight always sounds very aggressive and negative, but of course everyone is fighting for their place in the starting XI. We hope this situation lasts as long as possible. We are happy to be in this situation, but we also saw in the first half of the season how quickly that can change.
12:39 p.m .: Edin Terzic on expectations: “We’re very unhappy with the way the table is looking at the moment. Of course it’s too many conceded goals and too few goals of yours, but that would be too easy. We’ve looked into that in more detail. wants to remember what we did well at the start of the season, how compact we played. We don’t want to stop in front of the duel. We’ve done a lot of fine-tuning on those things. On offense, he’s “It was about repeating different patterns. We want to position ourselves even better in the penalty area. To do this, we need to further improve the issue of standards.
12:37 p.m .: Edin Terzic on Sébastien Haller: “He worked very hard and presented himself very well. He played his last competitive game in May. We are really proud of him. We will discuss privately if he will play from the start or if he will be substituted. We’re just happy to have Seb back in the team, he didn’t need much time to start last week and we hope that will be the case in the Bundesliga as well. , it becomes a very magical moment.
12:35 p.m.: Edin Terzic on the winter break: “It was extremely long, but we have big plans. With the return of some regular players and also with our new assistant coach Armin Reutershahn, I am very hopeful that the second half of the season will be successful. We have analyzed a lot of things and took them to heart. That’s exactly what we want to show.
12:33 p.m.: Edin Terzic on newcomer Julian Ryerson: “We are very happy with the transfer of Julian Ryerson. I really liked him from the start. He is characterized by intense play and his goal threat. The fact that Union Berlin plays with a string of five is not not a problem at all. Julian also plays in the back four of the Norwegian national team. I hope he can help the team in the second half of the season and in the future.”
12:32 p.m .: Edin Terzic on the personal situation: “A lot of players have come back from injuries. Mateu Morey and Thomas Meunier will definitely be out against Augsburg. There are still question marks behind Emre Can, Mahmoud Dahoud, Anthony Modeste and Marco Reus, out all week.
12:30 p.m.: The press conference begins.
12:15 p.m.: Welcome to our live ticker. The BVB press conference with Edin Terzic before the home game against Augsburg starts in 15 minutes.
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