Borussia Dortmund successfully passed the first test of the week with the UEFA Champions League win against FC Sevilla. On Saturday, we have to go one better and win the derby against FC Schalke 04 (kick-off: 18:30 CET).
Just as it is for all of us in the Black and Yellow family, the local derby has a special significance for Edin Terzic. "They are the two most emotional games of the season. The fans want to see the players put it all on the line for the shirt," said the BVB coach. "Everyone knows: you have to win the derby! There is nothing better than a derby victory in the life of a Borussia fan." Terzic promised the Black and Yellow fans "that we will give it our all."
Before a derby, where you are in the table doesn't really matter, according to sporting director, Michael Zorc: "First and foremost, you want to win that game." Nevertheless, he takes a look at the current table, in which Borussia are currently sixth, six points off their target of a spot in the Champions League. "We're lagging a bit behind in the league, we need the points," said Zorc, calling for three points. "We need to be 100 percent focused and try to get a performance similar to Wednesday's."
BVB's opponents Schalke are in the relegation zone and are already nine points from safety, but coach Terzic is not underestimating the side who lie bottom of the table: "I expect them to put aside all their problems to win the game, that they will put it all on the line in the game and be very aggressive. That is how the games have always been in recent years." Now he, said, it was the team's job to "take up the challenge. The importance of the game is clear to everyone. We'll try to bring the three points home."
After the intensive game in Seville, the personnel situation looks good, according to Terzic. Thomas Delaney, who had stayed in Dortmund for the birth of his first child, will return to the match day squad. Terzic will make a decision on whether Dan-Axel Zagadou and Thorgan Hazard will make the squad after the final training session. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki has continued to train on his own and is scheduled to join the team again next week.