Borussia Dortmund is confident about the first district derby against Schalke 04 in a year and a half. In the eyes of coach Edin Terzic, a supposed dispute between the leading players Mats Hummels and Marco Reus does not change that.
“We’re just really happy and we want to win this game,” said Terzic. “I am sure that we will play passionately and win.”
Sports director Sebastian Kehl explained that Hummels had snapped at captain Marco Reus after the final whistle in Manchester with the absolute will to win. “It’s not about one person not wanting to win or a mentality issue, that’s nonsense. We expect our leading players to try everything, to give their best,” he said: “We were super, super close, that’s why it disappointed us all. There’s nothing left at all.”
“They are my captains. I didn’t get that at all, only from you (Editor’s note: picture) read,” said Terzic before the 181st edition of the eternal duel for power in the former “Kohlenpott” on Saturday (3:30 p.m.): “We don’t care that it’s such a big topic for you. It’s important to us that the boys care that we lose games.”
Terzic reported that BVB “took one or the other ailment” from the Champions League appearance at Manchester City (1: 2) on Wednesday. But he assumes that “everyone can play” apart from goalkeeper Gregor Kobel and a few long-term injuries. Alexander Meyer will be in goal again.
Kehl expects “ambitious” Schalke players who “will give everything. But we still have to win the game.” Terzic emphasized that the derby is not about the standings, but about intensity: “They will try to be extremely aggressive. We have to be ready to counter emotionally and bring our qualities to the pitch. Neither the opponents nor the spectators will consider it take that we’re tired.”