Borussia Dortmund interim manager, Edin Terzic has played down Spanish side, Sevilla winning against his team at in the UEFA Champions League tie which will be held tomorrow.
Sevilla will be hosting the German giants in Andalusia for the first leg of the European competition. Dortmund has won none of their last ten games against the Spanish side- bagging three draws and seven losses. The German side has not moved past the round of sixteen of the UCL since the 2016/17 season.
In tandem, both teams last met in the UEFA Europa League in the 2010/11 campaign, but Sevilla has met any German opponent twelve times – winning seven times with four draws.
Suggestions are ravaging the media that the Julen Lopetegui side was picked favorites over the German side but Terzic did not accept the opinion in its entirety.
“If you compare current form, Sevilla have the upper hand. But it’s a knockout tie; it’s a different competition. There’s a lot at stake on these two evenings.” Terzic said on the club’s website
“If we can be stable across the 180 minutes and perhaps even go one better than that, I believe we have a good chance of reaching the next round. That’s our clear objective. We will not shy away; instead, we want to use this competition to take the next step and be successful again.” He added
According to reports, Terzic named a twenty-two (22) man squad for the contest against Sevilla which left on Tuesday morning, as that was the habit since the pandemic started. The club had to hire a private plane to minimize the infection rate of the deadly virus. So no player or staff will step outside except for the final training of the squad and the game.
“We’re aware of our privileged situation. We’re allowed to perform the job that we love.We feel very safe in our bubble, we take the topic of corona seriously and we try to keep the risk as low as we possibly can.” He said
“A top performance will undoubtedly be required in Seville to leave BVB well-placed for the return leg on 9 March. Terzic has analyzed the opposition at length. They’ve scored twice as many goals as they’ve conceded.” He said emphatically
“Sevilla is a very well-managed club that has been very successful in recent years. They’ve won their last nine matches in a row, both in the cup and the league. He lauded the performance of the Spanish side
Terzic has expressed his optimism that his squad will show a great performance against Sevilla- which his side will be an unpleasant challenge for them.
“We’ve put something in motion; we’ve started some processes – that’s where we’ll build from. This team possesses quality! We’re not demanding anything we haven’t seen before.” He said
“It’ll be a big challenge but one we’re looking forward to. And we’re optimistic that we too can show our strengths on the pitch and that we too can prove to be a very unpleasant opponent for Sevilla.” He added
Dortmund owners want Edin Terzic to stay at the club next season under Marco Rose- who will become from Borussia Monchengladbach. The German has won six of his last twelve games for the Black and Yellows.