Edin Terzic has cautioned Borussia Dortmund that they must perform even better than they did at St James’ Park if they want to secure a Champions League double over Newcastle.
Two weeks ago, Felix Nmecha’s goal secured a crucial 1-0 victory on Tyneside, giving the Bundesliga side a much-needed boost in their campaign. However, they had to rely on goalkeeper Gregor Kobel and the woodwork to come away with three points.
As they prepare for the return leg at the Signal Iduna Stadium, Borussia Dortmund is still reeling from their 4-0 defeat to arch-rivals Bayern Munich on Saturday. Head coach Terzic anticipates a strong response from the Magpies.
Terzic said about the Newcastle game: “We need to improve because we know that they (Newcastle) are not happy with the way that they performed at St James’ Park and they will want to do much better tomorrow, so if they are going to do it better, we have to do it better.
“That’s something we have focused on, this is something we’re going to talk about with the team this afternoon, again to be ready for tomorrow, and then we’ve got to do everything to also use the chance to get a home win tomorrow and make a big step in the group.”
Dortmund’s victory against Newcastle allowed them to move into second place in Group F, ahead of Eddie Howe’s team. Both teams have four points from their first three fixtures, but Dortmund holds the advantage based on their head-to-head record.
However, Terzic is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead for his team. Despite concerns about the availability of skipper Emre Can and defender Ramy Bensebaini, Dortmund faces a Newcastle side that narrowly defeated Arsenal 1-0 in a closely contested Premier League match on Saturday evening.
Terzic aware of the quality of Newcastle
Asked if that served as a warning, he said: “To be honest, we don’t need a warning because of course we know the quality of Newcastle. We found out how good they are two weeks ago.
“Then they’ve had three games since, a draw against Wolves and in the cup they beat Manchester United and then they beat Arsenal at home, so we know their quality.
“We know they are not happy with the way they performed two weeks ago. They are not happy; we are not happy with how we performed last Saturday.
“We know that we have to be ready from the start and as you saw from the game two weeks ago, they had two great chances at the end of the game, so it means we need a good start, we need a good performance during the game, we need to stay focused until the end.”
Terzic was eager to move past the disappointing performance against Bayern on Saturday, where they fell 2-0 behind in just nine disastrous minutes. Dayot Upamecano and Harry Kane, who went on to complete a hat-trick, scored for Bayern at the Signal Iduna Stadium.
He said: “We were really honest in our analysis and then tried to take the lessons from that to look forward and to focus on the next task, which is tomorrow.
“Why we are confident is that we were already way better three days before the Bayern match (against Hoffenheim in the DFB Cup) and also two weeks ago in Newcastle. Now our focus is on the next task.”