BVB: How Edin Terzic breathed new “magic” into Borussia


With the 3-1 win against RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund reported impressively back in the Bundesliga title fight. Since Edin Terzic took over the helm, BVB’s form curve has been pointing up again. The Revierklub has not only improved in terms of play, but also mentally. The 38-year-old’s handwriting is already recognizable.

Keeper Roman Bürki couldn’t help but praise Terzic with a little swipe at ex-coach Lucien Favre. BVB have made “a big step forward. You can see that we have a plan,” said the 30-year-old, pointing out the changes. There is “a little more life” and “fire” in it, “that was often missing.”

In fact, under Terzic, BVB shows a different face both on and off the pitch than under the Swiss who was dismissed in December. But how exactly did Terzic ensure the upswing? To what extent can his handwriting be recognized?

The BVB is louder under Terzic

What first catches the eye – or rather the ear – is the new volume at BVB. While there were hardly any announcements or cheers to be heard during games under Favre, Terzic rages almost on the edge of the field, cheers on his players and gives instructions. It has also become louder on the pitch and on the bench.

“If the Corona period has anything positive at all, it is that the players can hear us better on the sidelines. We try to communicate a lot and always to remember what we want from them,” Terzic explained to “Bild” and emphasized : “We need this energy.”

Due to the newly acquired emotions, there is also a different mentality and body language at BVB. The professionals show 100 percent commitment and appear both more determined and more focused on the pitch.

Especially recently ailing professionals like Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus benefit from this and gain new self-confidence through the increase in performance.

Terzic moves away from Favre’s discouraged tactics

A lot has also happened in terms of play at BVB. Terzic moved away from Favre’s discouraged tactics and instead relies on a full-throttle philosophy, which is more and more internalized by the players after not unusual starting difficulties.

The coach demands that the ball be played again after a maximum of two contacts in order to give the offensive stars like Sancho or Erling Haaland space. Bürki also praised “progress in terms of the system and positional play”.

BVB does not get caught up in the details, but plays straightforward and efficiently. A look at the statistics underpins this. Under Terzic the Dortmunders get an average of 6.8 shots per game, under Favre it was only 6. The exploitation of big chances has also increased after the coach change (from 50 percent to 56 percent).

Terzic pulls the reins

In addition, there is a different wind in training. “We have used the last few weeks to increase the intensity,” emphasized Terzic. The lack of sharpness in the practice units under Favre was supposedly a thorn in the side of some players before.

But before BVB could develop its offensive strength, Terzic first provided the much-needed defensive stability. Through consistent defending and energetic duels, BVB was able to reduce its goals against an average of 1.4 per game under Favre to one.

“First of all we had to defend ourselves and also accept and accept bad passes. Then you saw that the team was always finding solutions in terms of football and was able to score many goals,” said licensed player manager Sebastian Kehl, looking back on the beginnings under Terzic.

Sports director Michael Zorc also admitted: “We didn’t play good football at the beginning. We were far too restless and lost the balls far too quickly in our possession. But we defended first-class.”

The Revierklub impressively demonstrated in the second half against RB Leipzig that BVB can combine defensive stability with courageous offensive play. They still owe the proof that the Dortmunders can also access this constantly.

If the trend reversal continues under Terzic, his handwriting becomes even more evident and the last missing “magic” (quote from Terzic) comes back permanently, BVB can certainly have a say in the championship race.

Lissy Beckonert


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