Bundesliga News: Watzke ‘100% convinced’ by Kehl and Terzic despite Dortmund’s hesitation

    According to the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, Edin Terzic and Sebastian Kehl are “100% fit” to manage Borussia Dortmund.

    Terzić took over from Marco Rose as head coach in May, while former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kehl took over from longtime sporting director Michael Zork at the end of the 2021/22 season.

    Dortmund started the 2022-23 campaign on a solid footing, winning four of their first five games in the Bundesliga and they qualified from their Champions League group to finish in the last 16.

    However, erratic league play ended with consecutive losses to Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach shortly before national football came to a halt at the World Cup in Qatar, with Borussia in sixth place after 15 games, trailing leaders Bayern Munich. by nine points. .

    “The break in the World Cup should have come a week earlier, after the game in Bochum. [3-0 home win prior to the Wolfsburg loss]” Watzke told members at the club’s general meeting on Sunday. “Then we would all be in a better mood.

    “That’s why I can’t spare the team from reproaches. Two games, especially the one in Gladbach [a 4-2 defeat]not what we expect from Borussia Dortmund.

    “But we made the decision to change with full awareness. In a team. As sports director with Sebastian Kehl, after 24 years with Michael Zork and as coach with Edin Terzic. This is the path of Borussia Dortmund.

    “Both are excellent professionals and what is especially important to me – and I’m sure to you as well – is that you work hard for BVB.

    “We are 100% confident in this decision and we will succeed with it. Because they are both great – and real Borussaki. We need people who are fully committed to the club.”

    Due to the World Cup starting on Sunday, Borussia Dortmund won’t play another competitive game until January 22 at home to Augsburg, giving Terzic plenty of time to work with his players, even those in the tournament as soon as they return. like Jude Bellingham and Giovanni Reina.

    Given that Bellingham in particular will be courted by most of the big European clubs at the end of the season if not sooner, Champions League qualification next year will put the club in a stronger negotiating position and Watzke is confident it will.

    “I am 100% sure that at the end of this season we will be in the Champions League again,” he added. “And anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the biggest optimist.”

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