BVB conclusions: Return kings, old problems and the principle of hope

In the mad race against FC Augsburg, Borussia Dortmund can count on a quality that has proven itself this season. At the same time, this could lead to difficulties, which in turn is desirable. Nevertheless, coach Edin Terzic also relies on the principle of hope to eliminate well-known problems. The conclusions of the BVB.

It was the day of return to Dortmund. Of course, the emotional return of Sebastien Haller, who played for the first time in a competitive BVB game after his cancer, overshadowed everything.

Striker Jamie Bynoe-Gittens also made a successful comeback after suffering a shoulder injury in his first game since early September. After turbulent weeks with the US national team, Giovanni Reyna also made an impressive comeback with his winning goal in the wild 4:3 showdown against FC Augsburg. But as before the World Cup break, BVB once again showed two faces. The results.

BVB: You can count on the golden touch of Edin Terzic

After the first emotional jolt after Haller’s substitution in the 62nd minute, BVB coach Edin Terzic reacted in the 70th minute with a double substitution: Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Giovanni Reyna replaced the unfortunate Karim Adeyemi and Donyell Malen. And both changes paid off.

Bynoe-Gittens showed his one-on-one strength just seven minutes after being brought on and with his left wing movement through the middle was reminiscent of a certain Arien Robben – including a pinpoint finish. Reyna’s wildcard, which is also worth seeing, made the decision.

“We were the team with the most wildcard goals before the game, now we’ve added two more,” said Terzic. Overall, these are the six and seven wildcard goals this season – that is, leading the league with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bynoe-Gittens also scored in his first wildcard appearance on Matchday 2 at Freiburg (3-1), but then suffered a serious shoulder injury three weeks later and has not played since early September . “Jamie has incredible ability and we know that. We missed him and that type of player a lot because he can have those magic moments,” Terzic said of the 18-year-old Englishman’s return.

Reyna, who demonstratively covered her ears while cheering after her goal, made a special statement. “Gio has had his face for the past few weeks,” said Terzic DAZN and alluded to Hollywood’s clinch in Team USA with coach Gregg Berhalter, which Reyna’s parents are primarily involved in.

BVB: There is a risk of difficulties in the team – and they are welcome

Incidentally, Reyna and Bynoe-Gittens also sent clear signals of competition within the squad with their wildcard goals. Adeyemi and Malen in particular, who again failed to impress in their appearances in the starting XI, must be in serious fear for their place in the coming weeks.

“The workforce is of very good quality. At Borussia Dortmund, as in other big clubs, the competition is part of it”, underlined before the meeting the sporting director Sebastian Kehl. “I ask all players to accept the situation.”

If Marco Reus and Emre Can, now sick, are fit again, there will be more difficult cases in the coming weeks. According to Terzic, this is also desired. “We want to get to the point where we have to make tough decisions on game day so that we still have enough options to be able to react to things,” said Terzic, who had to moderate the first instance of difficulty in Niklas Süle. .

“We chose Nico and Mats because they played really well in pre-season games and in training this week. They had a head start,” added the BVB coach. “Nevertheless, Niklas did a good job.” The fact that Süle came on as a substitute in the finals was always important and also proof that everyone is needed.

“We’re just happy when we have a lot of options,” stressed Terzic and recalled the bad luck with injuries of the season so far: “At some point, the training just happened because the Staff shortage was so great.”

BVB: Improved standards as a small step

Terzic also rated the improvements in offensive standards as a step forward. Because with only three goals after stopping the ball, Dortmund was one of the most inoffensive in the league before this match. On Sunday, Nico Schlotterbeck’s goal to make it 2-1 after a Julian Brandt free-kick paid for the hard work of the past few weeks.

“I’m very happy that we were very dangerous on attacking set pieces because it was a priority in recent weeks,” said Terzic. He would have preferred to see it had Mats Hummels also taken the opportunity to make it 3-1 shortly before the break, following a similar pattern.

“We’ve noticed that the things we’ve been rehearsing are working. It makes us feel optimistic,” Terzic noted at least that partial success. But with all the positives, BVB also faces a boring ongoing topic in the new year.

BVB: A lack of balance and the principle of hope

Nico Schlotterbeck symbolized the two faces. “It was quality up front and no quality at the back”, summed up Schlotterbeck well in his analysis of the game and revealed his personal conflict: “I don’t know if I should be really happy or if I must be sad that we conceded three things.”

Dortmund’s dilemma could also be traced back to Schlotterbeck himself. The centre-back initiated Augsburg’s first goal through Arne Maier with a careless waste of the ball, only to score the new lead minutes later with a header. With a strong change of play, Schlotterbeck kicked in Bynoe-Gittens’ second-half goal – only to put Augsburg back in the game two minutes later with a bad pass just before the 3-3 mark.

“Nico still played well, scored a great goal. He created a lot of chances and was very calm with the ball,” coach Terzic said of Schlotterbeck’s good contributions to the game. also the fatal imbalance between offensive and defensive. “We’re not happy that things got too exciting at the end because we can’t assume we’ll win every game where we concede three goals. We’ve brought it up more than once,” Terzic said. . “It wasn’t a good balance between what we had to invest to create a chance or score a goal and what Augsburg had to invest to do that.”

Terzic had slightly adjusted his basic formation and used a 4-1-4-1, in which he ordered Jude Bellingham to play eighth in a slightly more attacking role and declared Salih Özcan as the only six to finish the game . Özcan did not do this role justice, especially before the two goals conceded in the first half.

Terzic was a little surprised that the system change was such a big topic during the press conference. “But of course it’s a legitimate question. We are very flexible in this system, depending on how we design the center,” he stressed, noting that this basic order had already been used against Manchester City, Sevilla and Bayern. “The system isn’t new. It’s not about how we interpret the numbers, it’s about filling it with life and player profiles.”

At least in that regard, Terzic has plenty to choose from given his currently large squad. For the first leg at Mainz, he will have to rearrange his midfield as Bellingham will be suspended due to his fifth yellow card. When looking for the right balance, the Dortmund coach relies on hard work – and the principle of hope: “It’s about taking the positive things with us to gain self-confidence and to addressing the negative things again to put them out. Then hopefully we get the next win on Wednesday.”

BVB: Upcoming matches at a glance

competition Date Opponent Far from home
Bundesliga 25.01., 6.30 p.m. FSV Mainz 05 a way
Bundesliga 29.01., 5.30 p.m. Bayer 04 Leverkusen a way
Bundesliga 04.02., 3.30 p.m. sc friborg residence
DFB Cup 08.02., 8:45 p.m. VfL Bochum a way

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