Borussia Dortmund interim manager Edin Terzic knows his squad is in for a battle during Saturday’s Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich.
“Bayern have an unbelievable quality and they were the most successful team in the world last year,” said Terzic to kicker. “This season we have shown in both games that we have come closer (this season) in the last games.”
Terzic thinks that with some fine-tuning Borussia Dortmund has the capability to pull out a victory.
“The little things decided the two games,” said Terzic. “We had a lot of chances and ran alone two or three times towards the keeper. Then we lost the ball on the halfway line eight minutes before the end. We have to turn that off, these little things decide games. We have to be assertive on the ball, not allow any stupid counterattacks, and also draw a foul once in a while.”
When the subject turned toward Borussia Dortmund’s collective mentality, Terzic acknowledged just how important of a role that aspect of the team holds in every game – not just against Bayern Munich.
“In which game does mentality play no role?” Terzic said.
Terzic respects the “large toolbox” that Bayern Munich has at its disposal offensive, but also knows that the game can be as simple as his team not letting “the opponent get into the final third.”
Surely, Terzic was not going to reveal anything about his game plan, but also fully understands that is a lot easier said than done against the Bavarians.