Edin Terzic has a completely different tone compared to his predecessor Lucien Favre. The new boss is loud from the sidelines and coaches from the first to the last minute. The top management likes that and was explicitly requested. Yesterday the still young coach was literally coached, especially in the first half. Bayer coach Peter Bosz had the central defenders delivered, forcing goalkeeper Roman Bürki (30) to build up the game. Long balls and no structure in the BVB game were the result. Terzic did not have a plan B.
Lack of flexibility
The approach based on possession of the ball simply lacks flexibility in such situations. One possibility would be that a player drops in midfield and offers himself. Another is that the long and resulting second balls are better used.
The BVB system is simply not variable enough to react to such well thought-out pressure situations.
After the first game under Terzic, it was criticized that the BVB started to press properly and created pressure, but that there was still no coordination between the team members. At the time, this was blamed on the few training sessions under the new coach. So far, the startup behavior has not improved significantly.
The pressure on the last chain is completely absent, and the energy-intensive efforts are wasted.
It is well known that Marco Reus (31) is not a fan of the mentality issue. But BVB itself always gives cause to ask this question. In addition, she also provides. “We didn’t agree with the body language at all, our heads went down, we didn’t want to defend ourselves and accepted what happened there”, Terzic complained after yesterday’s defeat and set up the simple equation: “Quality is always the result of talent plus mentality.”
High achievers in form
The BVB squad cannot attest to a lack of quality. However, some players are operating below their actual capabilities this season. Even if Reus has now played a few better games again, he was never able to build on earlier days after his months of injury. Jadon Sancho (20) still seems to be preoccupied with the turbulent transfer summer with daily rumors about a move to Manchester United.
The re is hardly any other explanation for the dent in performance this season. Julian Brandt (24) is apparently primarily concerned with himself and, as with yesterday’s 1: 1 equalization, lets his skills flash from time to time. And also superstar Erling Haaland has been diving down again and again lately.
Lack of efficiency
Despite all the criticism, it is not as if the runner-up is not creating any chances. Against Leverkusen and especially in the 1-1 draw against FSV Mainz 05, the Dortmund attackers created a number of first-class chances. Apart from the missed penalty, Reus alone should have decided the game against Rheinhessen. However, the chances are sometimes left miserably or the attacks are not played to the end with ultimate determination and conviction.