On Saturday, Terzic’s Dortmund will have the opportunity to extend their lead over Bayern Munich by four points, and they will also come face-to-face with a familiar coach on the opposing team
Terzic, the head coach of Borussia Dortmund, expressed his anticipation to face Thomas Tuchel during Saturday’s Klassiker against Bayern Munich. However, he clarified that he does not consider the game to be a deciding factor for the Bundesliga title.
Currently, Dortmund is leading the league with a one-point advantage over Bayern, as they aim to prevent the Bavarian club from winning their eleventh consecutive league title.
Bayern Munich recently appointed former BVB boss Tuchel as their new coach, replacing Julian Nagelsmann during the international break amid rumors of unrest behind the scenes.
As Borussia Dortmund prepares to face Tuchel and Bayern, coach Edin Terzic expressed excitement about testing himself against a Champions League-winning coach, viewing it as a sign that he had reached the top level.
Terzic doesn’t view Klassiker as the title decider
“What hasn’t changed at Bayern is that they have a top coach,” Terzic said at Friday’s press conference.
“It’s a shame with Nagelsmann because he’s an absolutely top coach, but we all know how quickly things can change.
“I’m very happy to welcome Thomas Tuchel and it shows that I work at the top level. Tuchel is not only one of the best coaches, but also one of the most successful.”
“I’m firmly convinced that the championship won’t be decided in tomorrow’s game“
During Tuchel‘s two-year stint as Dortmund manager, he achieved the highest average of points per game by any coach in Bundesliga history, with a figure of 2.09.
Dortmund are currently sitting at the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time since the second week of the 2019-20 season, and the last time they held that position in the second half of the season was in April 2019, when they were defeated 5-0 by Bayern who went on to win the title.
However, Terzic does not think that the outcome of Saturday’s game against Bayern will determine the ultimate winner of the league.
“I’m firmly convinced that the championship won’t be decided in tomorrow’s game, but of course it can point the way,” he said.
“We think that we can set an example and we want to prove that we are different than we have been in recent years.
“We not only respect the task against Bayern, but also the upcoming duels. This is the hot phase of the season.”