Edin Terzic’s difficult mission at BVB: Hope in the Ejector Seat

Great hopes rest on Edin Terzic in his second term as head coach of Borussia Dortmund. It remains to be seen whether he can meet BVB’s expectations. His current mission is more difficult than in the second half of 2020/2021.

Officially, Edin Terzic was technical director of Borussia Dortmund last year, a position created last summer specifically for the highly acclaimed and announced ex-interim coach. In fact, the 39-year-old was a shadow man.

When things did not go well in BVB under Marco Rose, and this was often the case in an overall disappointing season, the name Terzic haunted the media and the environment.

“Explosive mixture” at BVB

It was an “explosive mix”, said Honorary President Uli Hoeneß of FC Bayern in an RTL / ntv interview. Watzke knew that too.

The fact that Rose last week after the season analysis with Dortmund’s “elephant round” – that is, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, the outgoing sports director Michael Zorc, his successor Sebastian Kehl and adviser Matthias Sammer – had to resign and was replaced by Terzic, was ” not surprising “for him, according to Hoeneß.

At BVB, Terzic now has high hopes. The new head coach not only knows the club, the environment and a large part of the team, but “also knows the adjustments we want to make to be able to offer our fans successful football,” Kehl said.

“Half-dead” BVB by Edin Terzic “brought to life”

Terzic himself set this high bar in his first intermission at BVB Bank from December 2020 as a temporary successor to Lucien Favre.

After a rock-solid start, Borussia won the last seven Bundesliga matches under his leadership, thus entering the Champions League as number three in the table. In addition, a brilliant 4-1 final victory against RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup was the first major title victory since 2017.

The team was “half-dead” at the time of the separation from Favre, Watzke stated at the end of the season on “Sky”. Terzic “brought her to life”.

BVB lacks important success factors

However, the Sauerlander now lacks two of the most important sporting success factors from that time, which carried BVB with their individual class in less strong phases: Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

Sancho left Borussia for Manchester United in 2020. Haaland will move to Manchester City next season.

In the offensive area, Terzic will instead work with newcomer Karim Adeyemi, who has great talent but no experience in a top league, and Mister X in the central attack. Because BVB has not (yet) committed itself to a successor to Haaland.

Many construction sites for Edin Terzic at BVB

Terzic’s abilities as a motivator with a black and yellow heart are undisputed. However, he still needs to prove that he can be successful in the long run.

As a reminder: Before his first term at Dortmund, Terzic had never worked as a head coach in the professional field. He now has a three-year contract with BVB.

And the construction sites are large. The team under Rose has conceded 52 goals into the recent Bundesliga season – far too many for their own claims.

To stabilize the defense overall and integrate the new acquisitions Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck in the central defense, for which he is also responsible as technical director, as well as Salih Özcan in the defensive midfield, these are certainly difficult tasks for Terzic.

He will also fill the Haaland vacuum. In 2021/2022, “only” 22 of the 85 goals in the league were due to the Norwegian due to his numerous injuries. In matches without Haaland, however, BVB often presented themselves sluggishly and uninspired in the offensive game.

BVB: “Fantastic support from the fans” by Edin Terzic

The Terzic commitment, after all, counteracts the worrying alienation from their own supporters for the time being. The old acquaintance on the sidelines will “get a lot of support from the fans,” predicted Uli Hoeneß.

Pictures like those after the bitter home defeat of 3: 4 against VfL Bochum, where the BVB stars were loudly whistled at and even verbally abused by their own fans, should be a thing of the past in Dortmund – at least for the time being.

Because Terzic must also deliver results to prevent unrest in the long run. There is no shadow man at BVB this time, which is good news for the new coach.

Tobias Knoop

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