“We have learned something” Shaken BVB renounces beautiful football
September 24, 2023, 11:43 a.m
There isn’t much going on in terms of play for Borussia Dortmund against VfL Wolfsburg, but coach Edin Terzić sees his team’s best performance of the season. The Bundesliga runner-up narrowly wins and then explains that beautiful football is not a priority at the moment.
More result than football – the fine-footed ball wizard Marco Reus, of all people, announced his farewell to the beautiful game at Borussia Dortmund. After his winning goal for the BVB history books, the long-time captain spoke extensively about control, calm, patience and, above all, work: A new Dortmund pragmatism should also solve the astonishing creative block in the medium term.
“We have to work hard first, then the playfulness comes naturally,” said Reus after the painful 1-0 (0-0) against VfL Wolfsburg in an extremely weak Bundesliga game. “You can see that we’re not completely in the flow, that we’re having a hard time. We can only get out of it together,” he emphasized. And by what means? Through “hard work” of course.
After the sobering Champions League wall game at Paris St. Germain (0-2), the tough performance can still be seen as a tentative “step forward”, as stated by sports director Sebastian Kehl. With six new players in the starting line-up, BVB was at least stable – albeit without any light footing or esprit. BVB in September 2023 is struggling.
It’s about discipline
But in contrast to the previous season, he does not lose touch with the top. During the game, the next goal from the exhilarating record champions Bayern Munich against VfL Bochum could be shown every few minutes: one is enough for three points. Reus scored it in the 68th minute and is now number three on BVB’s all-time goalscorers list with 116 (152 Bundesliga goals in total).
Later, Reus stood in front of the shaking south stand with starting eleven debutant Niclas Füllkrug holding his hand, he celebrated and enjoyed the fact that 25,000 fans were shouting his name. Sébastien Haller’s little son padded around cutely with a pacifier in his mouth. Everything was good.
Coach Edin Terzić then spoke of Dortmund’s “best performance of the season”, although of course not in a playful way: he expressly referred this to discipline. “We are very happy with how we stuck to the procedures until the last minute,” he said. The rest: It wasn’t that great, but it’s not that important at the moment.
What was more important was the result – and the hard work. “It was a different victory than we were used to in the past few months,” Julian Brandt correctly stated on WDR2: “It wasn’t a wild basketball game like against Heidenheim or Bochum. That shows that we have learned something.” A new pragmatism.
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