Edin Terzic knows all about the importance of the Revierderby and has promised fans that Borussia Dortmund will give their all to defeat Schalke 04 on Saturday. Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the derby on Friday, the Borussia Dortmund head coach said:
“There is nothing better in the life of a Borussen than a derby win and we will give everything tomorrow to get that win,” Terzic said. “These are the two most emotional games of the season. The fans on both sides want to see the players give their all for the jersey. Everyone knows – the derby has to be won. We promise our fans that we will go all out for them.”
Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 face off in the Bundesliga on Saturday, and there will be more than just bragging rights will be at stake, with both sides desperate for points.
Borussia Dortmund are currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings, six points behind fourth placed Wolfsburg. While Schalke 04 are rooted to the bottom of the table and are in serious danger of getting relegated. Even though Schalke have only won one league game so far this season, Terzic expects a committed performance from them on Saturday.
“I expect Schalke to pull themselves together and be up for it right from the start. They will try to put their problems aside. Tomorrow there will be no aches and fatigues, tomorrow there will only be the derby.”
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc also spoke ahead of the game and said that they must play with 100% focus if they want to win the derby. Zorc also had his say on Schalke’s possible relegation to the second division.
“We have increased our intensity in recent games. We looked really good in Seville, where our attack exploded in the first half,” Zorc said. “We have to be 100 percent focused in the derby and deliver a similar performance on the pitch.”
“The derby would certainly be missed (if Schalke get relegated). Of course a derby between Dortmund and Schalke is good for the Ruhr area and the league,” Zorc said. “But we don’t have any gifts to give out either.”
Borussia Dortmund will have to make do without first choice goalkeeper Roman Bürki against Schalke on Saturday, with the Swiss shot stopper not yet back in team training. Terzic hopes to have Bürki back for next weekend’s home game against Arminia Bielefeld.
Thorgan Hazard and Dan-Axel Zagadou could be in with a chance of making it to the match-day squad. Thomas Delaney will also be back in the team, having missed the Sevilla game.