Thomas Meunier reflects on disappointing debut season at Borussia Dortmund

Thomas Meunier (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
Thomas Meunier (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images) /

Thomas Meunier has reflected on his disappointing debut campaign at Borussia Dortmund, and is determined to be back to his best next season.

Thomas Meunier had big shoes to fill when he joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer from Paris St. Germain last summer. But he failed to make the desired impact, and his performances over the course of the season often left fans frustrated.

The Belgian international made 33 appearances across all competitions during his first season in Dortmund, but only managed to get one goal and two assists. Now, the right-back has candidly said that he isn’t happy with the way he performed this season. In an interview with Spox, Meunier said:

"“I’ve said many times that of course I’m not happy with my season. That wasn’t the Thomas Meunier I know – and people saw that, too. So they had every right not to be happy with my inconsistent performances.”"

By the end of the season, Meunier found himself in third place in the pecking order at right-back. Following the long-term knee injury suffered by Mateu Morey earlier this month, interim head coach Edin Terzic used Lukasz Piszczek ahead of Meunier. But the 29 year old has said that he took the decision in a positive manner and never complained about his lack of playing time.

Meunier also confirmed that he could have joined Juventus, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur last summer, but Borussia Dortmund’s authentic football culture prompted him to join the Black and Yellows.

Despite a frustrating debut campaign, Meunier is already looking ahead to next season and wants to show his quality under incoming head coach Marco Rose.

"“This season was not a good one for me. I really struggled to focus 100 percent on football after Corona and without spectators in the stadiums. Football was boring to me sometimes. I think I’ve flipped the switch now. I’m now just waiting to play in the European Championship and start the new season with the new coaching team. It’s starting all over again now, as if I’d just signed with Dortmund.”"

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But before that, Meunier will be representing Belgium at the European Championships next month. The right-back is a regular starter for the Belgium national team, and will be aiming to help them win the Euros this summer.