After making the tough decision to succeed Lucien Favre as caretaker head coach, Edin Terzic has vowed to give priority to attacking football at Borussia Dortmund.
After Saturday’s crushing 5-1 loss to Stuttgart – their worst home defeat in over a decade – Dortmund sacked Favre and put Terzic in charge for the remainder of the season.
On Tuesday, as they fly to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, the former Besiktas and West Ham assistant will take charge of BVB for the first time.
And Terzic, who also served as a scout at the Westfalenstadion during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, has made it clear that the Stuttgart success can never be replicated.
“The last 48 hours for me have not been normal because Saturday’s defeat hurts,” he said at a Monday news conference. I would like to thank Lucien – we have worked very well.
“It’s all going quickly now and we have to show a reaction. On Saturday, what we saw was not Borussia Dortmund. Tomorrow we have to reveal a new face.
In only one of their last eight games in all competitions, Dortmund has kept a clean sheet, but Terzic prefers attacking football over staying close at the back.
“I’m a product of Borussia Dortmund. I come from the region and have been a fan for ages,” he said. For 10 years now I have been working here and I am influenced by the past.
“You can win a football match in two ways: you can concede fewer goals, or you can always try to score one more. For the latter, I am more.
When Favre was hired and spent the next two-and-a-half years serving as the right-hand man of the Swiss coach, Terzic returned to Dortmund’s backroom staff in 2018.
And the 38-year-old acknowledged it was not an easy choice to accept the role, considering his near relationship with the man he is replacing temporarily.