Borussia Dortmund’s manager Michael Zorc has been angry about the media interpretation of Dortmund’s self-criticism after the 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. “I think it’s a cheek to call a team that has been runner-up in the last two years,” Zorc replied on the day before the second half of the Bundesliga start at Borussia Mönchengladbach this Friday (8.30 p.m. in the FAZ- Live ticker for the Bundesliga, on ZDF and DAZN) on the question of whether the team is “a hopeless case” with regard to the recurring mentality discussion.
“We were referring to a game with our review. And then not even for 90 minutes, but for 35. If that gets out of hand in the end, we can leave it alone with the criticism, “said Zorc:” Of course there are certain behaviors that repeat themselves. But I refuse to make a general statement out of it. “
Coach Edin Terzic considers the discussion to have been worked up despite the short time since Tuesday evening. The team was “very willing to improve,” said the 38-year-old: “We all agreed that things couldn’t go on like this and that we had to change quickly in this regard. And we expect that the players will appear differently on Friday. ”Dortmund are fourth, ten points behind leaders FC Bayern Munich and only one point ahead of seventh-placed Gladbachers. Terzic therefore clearly demanded a victory: “We will try to be four points ahead again tomorrow.”
Zorc meanwhile also demanded long-term success. “We are one point worse than at the same time last season,” he said: “We played a very good second half there. That is also the expectation this time. ”Last year, BVB was also fourth at the end of the first half of the season and, after 13 wins in 17 back-round games, came second.
“We are all of the opinion that we have performed well in the Champions League and DFB Cup – and that we are a few points behind our expectations in the league,” said Zorc. In the cup, Dortmund are in the last sixteen. The home game against second division club SC Paderborn will continue there in early February. In the Champions League, Sevilla FC is waiting in the round of 16.
Dortmund meanwhile equips U-23 striker Steffen Tigges with a professional contract up to and including June 30, 2024. The 22-year-old moved from VfL Osnabrück to Dortmund’s U23 in the summer of 2019 and was promoted to the professional squad shortly before the winter break. He was the captain of the U23 and contributed to 38 goals in 43 games. 21 he shot himself, 17 he prepared. He was substituted on three times in the final phase of the last four games in the Bundesliga.
“That was the logical consequence of his development for us, especially in the last few months,” said Zorc on Thursday: “He was in the training camp in Marbella last winter, so from my point of view he was still very far from the first Bundesliga. But he has continuously improved and embodies a type of striker that we don’t have like that yet. Its development is far from over, and we want to see where it is headed. “
Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s coach Marco Rose does not want to make any statements about his future before the game against Dortmund. “I don’t want to comment on speculation. We have an important game against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow. We really want to win that, ”said Rose on Thursday. The Gladbach coach has been associated with BVB for weeks. The 44-year-old still has a contract on the Lower Rhine until the end of June 2022, but also has an exit clause for this summer.
Before the Borussia duel on Friday, Rose also affirmed that Marcus Thuram will be back in the squad after his suspension against Dortmund has expired. “Sure, he worked well and will be there tomorrow,” said Rose of the French striker who was suspended for five games plus one more game in December after a spitting attack against Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch. “The story has already bothered him, but now it goes on. He’s terribly sorry. He’ll learn from it, ”said Rose. The Gladbach coach hopes that Thuram “will also get back credit, which of course he has also lost”.