Edin Terzic’s big adjustments
Edin Terzic was much quicker to act against Union Berlin than he typically has been since becoming Borussia Dortmund head coach. Subbing on Julian Brandt at the half and moving towards a back three at times with Emre Can dropping in and freeing Nico Schlotterbeck to carry the ball forward more helped BVB turn the game on its head.
While Brandt was exceptional, scoring and also contributing in the build-up, the freeing up of Schlotterbeck was also key with the defender having four progressive carries and 14 passes into the final third.
These changes really helped in the build-up as it freed up Schlotterbeck to be the team’s passing hub while covering for Can’s lack of control in midfield. Can was also stronger in the second-half, putting up eight progressive passes with his deeper position affording him more time on the ball.
Gio Reyna’s arrival also helped Borusisa Dortmund control possession with the player less direct than Karim Adeyemi and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens. The USMNT international was also involved in the build-up for Julian Ryerson’s goal, showing glimpses of his quality in the process.