"A mature and commanding performance"
Rarely has a post-match press conference been as satisfying as the one in Leverkusen on Sunday evening. A cheerful Edin Terzic fielded questions from journalists and gave his team, which has started so well, two questions to consider themselves...
Edin Terzic on the match in Leverkusen:
We're very satisfied: not only with the result, but with the performance too. It was the intense game we had expected and was very open in the opening stages. It was a mature and commanding performance. We left the pitch as deserved winners. That makes us very satisfied today, but we know that we still have a long way to go.
...on tactical adjustments in the match:
We didn't know exactly how Leverkusen would line up when we read the team sheet. There were many possibilities, whether 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-1-2. They decided to go for tempo and had a lot of small, fast players on the pitch. We then adapted the system, took control from the 15th minute onwards and deservedly took the lead.
...and the form they took:
Thanks to Emre Can, we had the opportunity to react to the game without having to make a change. Emre started in the "No. 6" in the 4-3-3 formation. After 15 minutes, we noticed: This isn't working. We then built the play in a 3+1. It's worth its weight in gold to have a player on the pitch who can do exactly that. Right at the end when Leverkusen had a four-man attacking line but no longer had a No. 10 in the spaces in between, we were able to drop Emre fully between the central defenders. He produced an outstanding performance.
...on the leap up to fourth place:
It's always fun to look at the table after victories. The situation in the table has improved. The gap to the places that are important for us has decreased, while the gap to Leverkusen has increased. Now it's all about: Are we ready to take the next step? Will we now stay in the thick of it by keeping our foot on the gas pedal? We have an extremely difficult home game against SC Freiburg awaiting us.
...on omissions in the squad:
There were five healthy players that we could not take with us. That was the best bench that Borussia Dortmund has ever had. They were almost exclusively internationals. I much prefer that to when the team names itself. These are hard decisions for me. My job is to make correct and honest decisions. All the players who came on today made a contribution to us getting the victory over the line. The others shared in their delight. We don't want to win games with the starting XI; rather, we want to achieve our objectives as a team.
Editor's note: The substitutes at kick-off: Meyer (goal), Hummels, Guerreiro, Bynoe-Gittens, Reus, Reyna, Malen, Moukoko, Modeste
...on Karim Adeyemi's performance:
He scored his first Bundesliga goal today. He had already come very close at home to Leverkusen on Matchday 1 when his shot didn't go completely over the line and Marco (editor's note: Reus) slotted the ball into the net. Today he started down the left flank for the first time. We knew that Leverkusen liked to link up down that side and have a lot of counter-attacking situations with Frimpong and Diaby. We wanted to counter that with Karim's speed. We were very content with his involvement.
Transcribed by Boris Rupert