BVB trainer Edin Terzic commented on the reservists Marco Reus and Mats Hummel. The Dortmund coach strengthened the veterans’ backs.
“It’s good that we can spread the responsibility over several shoulders,” said Terzic at the Dortmund press conference, looking back on the 1-0 win in the Champions League against Chelsea, in which both Hummels and Reus played 90 minutes the bank sat.
Terzic also emphasized: “But that’s too negative for me.” After all, games with Hummels and Reus have already been played at “absolute top level” in the Champions League, Terzic added: “We have now decided not to use them. But we know how important they are. There are still so many tasks that we have to deal with and where we will need the two of them.”
Despite the current winning streak, the Dortmund coach continues to demand full focus on the tasks ahead. “We won’t rest on our laurels. We won’t allow the mood to get too good,” said Terzic: “We’re doing well. But we’re in February, the job isn’t done in all three competitions.”
After seven wins in the previous seven competitive games of the year, BVB are the clear favorites in Sunday’s league game against Hertha BSC (5.30 p.m.). “We’ve gained a lot of self-confidence lately. Nevertheless, we know that we have to deliver again,” said Terzic, looking at the duel between third and third from bottom: “We can’t afford to take a step less.”
Dortmund, who still have to do without national player Youssoufa Moukoko (ruptured syndesmosis), will wear a special jersey against Hertha. The design with a charcoal pattern and steel look is intended to evoke the history of the mining town of Dortmund. The worn jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. The proceeds benefit the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.