Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic talked about BVB’s 1-0 win against FC Schalke in the Revierderby on Saturday and what it means for the Black and Yellows. Here’s a summary of what he said at the post-match news conference.
…about the game: “It was a very intense derby. It wasn’t easy after the poor match against Leipzig and the good performance until the 80th minute in the Champions League, when we ran 122 kilometres. To play such an intense match was not easy, but we put up the fight. We were physical, we were aggressive. We didn’t lose our heads.
“We couldn’t create too many chances in the first half, but we combined well into the final third. The final ball, the final cross, just wasn’t right. And if the cross was well delivered, our positioning in the box wasn’t good.
“We won 60% of the tackles, which is what you love to see in a home match in a derby. I know Frank Kramer’s pain when a cross isn’t closed down well enough and the defending in the box isn’t on point either. But we managed to play good football in between the tough battles and win another three points – which are the sweetest three points you can win in the Bundesliga.”
…about Marco Reus’s injury:
“The game wrote a lot of great stories. The fact that the first question is about the negative one is also typical. These days, there’s nobody who I’m having more phone calls with than our team doctor. Today, our Captain was hit. It’s extremely bitter, it was extremely unlucky.
“He has hurt his ankle. I could only briefly talk to him during the break, and he was still in pain. The doctor said that there’s ligament damage, but it’s too early to say how severe it is.
“It’s a pity because Marco was in a great form, was in top shape. He had already suffered so many setbacks in his career. We were hoping that he would be free of injuries now – especially in a World Cup year. We just hope that he won’t miss for too long and that it’s less severe than it looked.”
…about him celebrating in front of the Yellow Wall:
“Of course, it was a beautiful moment to have your name shouted by the yellow wall. Usually, I know the yellow wall from a different point of view. It was important to me to not walk up there just by myself. So I went with Sebastian Geppert, but Peter Herrmann and Matze Kleinsteiber would have equally deserved it because they help me help the team.
“It’s important to me to say that I’m no longer a fan. I’m the coach, and it’s my responsibility that this team wins points.”
…about Youssoufa Moukoko:
“With a 17-year-old striker, we have a derby hero today. He totally deserved it. I’m asked about Youssoufa many times. I know what’s going on in his world. He’s only 17 years old.
“I just said that I talk to the team doctor often, but there’s no player in our team that I talk to more often than Youssoufa Moukoko. We had along conversation ahead of the game. He’s been training really well for weeks. We talked about that the recent substitutions weren’t ideal because he was a bit too wild in his actions. He was overthinking things during the game a little bit too much. I told him that we want to see the Youssoufa today, in the big game, in the big game, that we also see in Brackel on the training ground.
“I know that you guys see him once or twice a week. My coaching staff and I work on it every day, and we know the decisions we are making. We try to get him to where he needs to be. Today, he was there – in the box. He’s today’s hero, and we are very happy about that.”
…about having 15 points after 7 matches:
“Even if we’re only at the top of the table overnight. There’s no team this Saturday that has scored more points than we did.
“I remember every question you have asked me – also the questions you asked during the training camp in Bad Ragaz. There was speculation about a bumpy start – and that was before all the injuries that we suffered, that was before Sébastien Haller’s illness – our record signing, who hasn’t been on the pitch for one second.
“We had to deal with new problems almost daily. The team deserves a massive compliment. Nevertheless, the mood was much more depressed last week because we showed a catastrophic performance against Leipzig.
“We addressed that very clearly within our own ranks, and the reaction was very good. We were also not happy after the loss on Wednesday. But today we could reward ourselves with a win. Now we can take a short breather before we play every three days until the World Cup. We will need to rotate a lot during that time. We have to prepare very well for that.
“The status quo is that we were forced to make a lot of changes, that we had little chance to build automatisms. We had a bumpy start – especially looking at the performances. The amount of points we scored is OK – but we also could have had more. We’ll work on that.”
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