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Borussia Dortmund – BVB offensive turns from showpiece to problem: Is coach Edin Terzic rethinking now?

Edin Terzic stepped onto the podium in Dortmund’s Lensing-Carrée to the applause of the fans present with a big chest.

There is no question that the mood among Borussia Dortmund’s supporters could hardly be better after the 1-0 (0-0) win in the first district derby in over a year and a half against FC Schalke 04. After all, the black and yellow not only clarified the balance of power in the Ruhr area for the moment with that prestigious victory, but also moved up to second place in the Bundesliga table.

“These are the best three points you can get,” Terzic said happily on “19:09 – the black and yellow talk” from the “Ruhr Nachrichten”, where the BVB trainer was a guest on Wednesday evening.

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However, if a football fan talks about the Revierderby these days, one name cannot be avoided: that of Youssoufa Moukoko.

Moukoko imposes himself

The 17-year-old became a celebrated hero with his winning goal and thus reignited the striker debate at BVB.

“It’s a big burden off him. We hope that Mouki (Moukoko; Anm. d. Red.) 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’ll remind him of that day,” explained Terzic.

For now, the youngster has to settle for the role of Joker behind Anthony Modeste in the strikers’ pecking order, which was turned on its head after king transfer Sébastien Haller’s cancer. Only at the start of the season against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0) was Moukoko allowed to start in the center of the attack.

However, the numbers certainly speak for the German U21 international. 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 games).

While the new signing from Cologne was largely ineffective against Schalke, as in the previous games (14 ball actions), Moukoko immediately gave the Dortmund game the previously missing depth. A quality that Borussia has sorely missed so far.

Youssoufa Moukoko

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The times when Erling Haaland almost single-handedly shot BVB to victories with his elemental force are finally over. Borussia have only scored 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 later runners-up already had 19 goals under their belt at the same time, although they conceded more than twice as many goals (seven versus 13).

“We want to find a balance between offensive and defensive,” announced Terzic. So far, the success speaks for the new, old trainer, who put the focus on defense in the summer. BVB has notched up four 1-0 wins to date. Undoubtedly a quality – but the question arises as to how long this will last in the long run.

Especially since Captain Reus, the last most reliable offensive player in the derby, suffered an ankle ligament injury and will be out for several weeks.

Modeste in the criticism – Terzic counters

The demands and consequently the criticism of Modeste are correspondingly greater. “He looks like a foreign body and doesn’t fit into the team,” TV expert Dietmar Hamann complained 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 didn’t want to leave it that way and defended the French. “Unfortunately, he’s only been training with us for a short time. We’re happy with him. I also told him that BVB will measure him by his goals. I don’t measure him like that. We as a team have to use his weapons,” said the 39 -year-old put the entire team on duty and added: “Anthony will be our top striker.”

Words that are unlikely to resonate with competitor Moukoko, who is currently negotiating his contract, which expires next summer. However, should the 17-year-old continue to improve after the international break, Terzic will find it increasingly difficult to choose Modeste over the celebrated derby hero.
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