Coach Edin Terzic (40) from Borussia Dortmund does not expect the whirlwind at Bayern Munich to have a direct impact on the title fight in the Bundesliga. “It’s difficult to assess that from a distance. To be honest, the last week in particular didn’t feel calm for us either,” said Terzic before the game at relegation candidate VfB Stuttgart (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.): “We have our own issues. Everything else will be seen at the end of the season.”
You’ve all noticed that things have “been a bit more restless in Munich in the last few weeks, not just since the change of coach, but also the weeks before. Of course, that doesn’t go past us either,” said Terzic, who is second in the table with BVB two points behind Bayern: “But we still know that we have enough of our own issues that we have to deal with first.”
The main issue for Terzic against Stuttgart will be the defence, which he will probably have to rebuild. Central defender Niklas Süle has “problems in his back thigh and has not been able to train this week. There is a risk of a failure at the weekend,” he said.
In addition, Nico Schlotterbeck is “pain-free again” after tearing a muscle fiber in his left thigh, but he will not be available. Should Süle fail against VfB, Emre Can would be “an option” for central defense alongside Mats Hummels.
In addition, Terzic commits his team to the end of the season. “It doesn’t matter who we’re up against, we have to go into the final games hungry to have a great story together at the end of the season,” he said. BVB have recently had four Bundesliga victories in a row against the Swabians.