Edin Terzic entered the podium in Dortmund’s Lensing-Carrée to applause from the fans in attendance, carrying a large coffin.
“It’s the best three points you can get,” Terzic said happily on “19:09 – the black and yellow talk” of “Ruhr Nachrichten”, where the BVB coach was a guest on Wednesday night.
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But if a football fan talks about the Revierderby these days, one name cannot be avoided: Youssoufa Moukoko’s name.
Moukoko imposes himself
The 17-year-old became a celebrated hero with his winning goal and thus started the striker debate at BVB.
“It’s a big burden for him. We hope that Mouki (Moukoko; Note d. editor) can draw strength from it. But it’s my job to tell him at the young age of 17 what’s not so good yet. But if things don’t go that way, I will remind him of that day,” explained Terzic.
However, the numbers certainly speak for the German U21 national team. With two goals and two assists, he is, together with Marco Reus, top scorer in the black and yellow. So far Modeste has scored one goal this season (with the same number of matches).
While the new signing from Cologne was largely ineffective against Schalke, as in the previous matches (14 ball actions), Moukoko immediately gave the Dortmund game the previously lacking depth. A quality that Borussia has missed so much so far.
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BVB offensive paralyzed
The days when Erling Haaland almost single-handedly shot BVB to victory with his elemental power are finally over. Borussia have scored just nine goals in seven Bundesliga games this season. In the top half of the table, only FSV Mainz 05 scored fewer goals than Borussia (seven).
For comparison: in the previous season, the eventual runners-up already had 19 goals at the same time, although they conceded more than twice as many goals (seven against 13).
“We want to find a balance between offense and defense,” Terzic said. So far, the success speaks for the new, old coach who focused on the defense in the summer. BVB has recorded four 1-0 victories to date. Undoubtedly a quality – but the question arises how long this will last in the long run.
Modest in criticism – Terzic counters
The demands and thus the criticism of Modeste are correspondingly greater. “He looks like a foreign body and doesn’t fit in with the team,” complained TV pundit Dietmar Hamann recently on “Ruhr Nachrichten”.
The new signing has “not been integrated at all so far. He’s probably the best header in the Bundesliga, but he doesn’t fit into the team,” said the former Bayern professional.
However, Terzic did not want to leave it like that and defended the French. “Unfortunately, he has only trained with us for a short time. We are happy for him. I also told him that BVB will measure him on his goals. That’s not how I measure him. We as a team have to use his weapons,” said the 39 -year-old put the whole team on guard, adding: “Anthony will be our top striker.”
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