There’s no hiding it. Being a Dortmund fan is very tough at the moment. The Pokal match in the midweek against VfB Stuttgart was an absolute blamage. The Black and Yellows were simply outplayed in every possible metric, and even though it has only been two days, reports from both Ruhr Nachrichten and Patrick Berger have suggested, that Terzic’s current tactical trend has unsettled the dressing room. Apparently, the team is skeptical of Terzic’s more defensive and, from his own mouth, pragmatic style of football. The question now is whether Terzic will bin his current tactical approach against RB Leipzig on Saturday or try something different in order to get a result in a match against a direct top-four competitor.
The Stuttgart game was not only horrible because of the result, but also because four BVB players had to leave the field with injury. Julian Ryerson, who has been one of Dortmund’s best-performing players this season, is out seemingly for the year. Youssoufa Moukoko will also be out for the year with a hamstring injury, while we’re still awaiting word about Marius Wolf’s condition. Marcel Sabitzer is the only player who has a slim chance for being ready for the match, but we should not get our hopes up. This leaves Terzic with little wiggle room, and some players who have not featured so much this season will have to step into the squad.
Do I like this lineup? No. Does it have a chance to work? I doubt it. Even though we have a lot of injuries now, on paper, this lineup should still be able to get a result against most Bundesliga teams. The problem is that the only consistent player in the side is Kobel (and maybe Füllkrug, Brandt, and Reus if you stretch the definition a bit). I hear the young Paris Brunner will be in the matchday squad tomorrow, so that’s at least pretty exciting!
Leipzig haven’t exactly been steamrolling the Bundesliga like Bayern, Leverkusen, and Stuttgart this year, but they are still a quality side with arguably more depth than Borussia Dortmund. One of the only things that points in BVB’s favor is the home advantage. I don’t think you have to be a footballing genius to have recognized, that Terzic is currently treading waters against high-paced, high-pressing Bundesliga sides. I predict a 2-2 result.
What do you think will happen? Will Terzic’s team steamroll Leipzig, or will they roll over like they’ve done twice against Stuttgart? Let me know in the comments below!