Borussia Dortmund is threatened with the loss of Sébastien Haller in the DFB Cup quarter-finals at RB Leipzig on Wednesday. “Where we still have a small question mark is with Seb Haller. He twisted his knee and couldn’t train yesterday, we’ll have to see about that,” said coach Edin Terzic at a press conference on Tuesday.
Defense chief Nico Schlotterbeck (torn muscle) and Karim Adeyemi (red suspension) are also missing. The same goes for Julien Duranville. “Julien won’t be there yet. He’s making progress in rehab, but we’re a little more careful with him. We’re hoping that Gio Reyna and Thomas Meunier can join us again from the weekend. Reyna was easy to walk again on Sunday, he was able to slightly increase workload,” says Terzic.
Despite the disappointment in the top game at Bayern Munich, Terzic is optimistic about the cracker in Leipzig. “There is absolutely no reason to be negative or pessimistic about the next tasks,” said the coach: “We are still one of the strongest teams in Europe.”
On Saturday in Munich (2:4), the Westphalians had to accept their first Bundesliga defeat of the new year and had to cede the lead in the table to their rivals after one matchday. “Of course we are still disappointed,” said Terzic, but we are still looking “forward” because: “The DFB Cup offers the shortest route to a title.”
With the competition, his team still has a score to settle anyway. “Two years ago we were allowed to hold the trophy in the air. It was indescribable, but not complete,” said the 40-year-old. Because of the corona pandemic “we couldn’t celebrate it with our fans”. This should now be made up for.
However, the quarter-final hurdle in Leipzig is high – despite the recent form crisis in Saxony. “Their approach is extremely courageous and intense, they have found their system,” emphasized Terzic, emphasizing the counterattack strength of RB coach Marco Rose’s team.