Roman Weidenfeller on Borussia Dortmund’s start to the season
We started our conversation with discussing the team’s performances since the start of the new season. Roman Weidenfeller’s opinion of Borussia Dortmund’s position in the table was rather positive. At the time of recording, BVB were second in the table, which despite their struggles, shows that the club is where it needs to be.
Weidenfeller also highlighted how impressed he was with the level of support the club enjoyed stateside, indicating that he could feel the commitment the international fans displayed:
"“We are now here in New York, in Times Square, and it was amazing to feel how committed the US guys are with Borussia Dortmund, and how much support we have here.”"
Our conversation then shifted to the result against Union Berlin, which we had just watched play out amongst the amazing support Weidenfeller had just described; a thrilling 4-2 victory that saw BVB really push for a win against an opponent that has caused trouble for them in the past. When asked if any players stood out to him on the pitch on the day, his answer was decisive:
"“I think the performance from Niclas Füllkrug was great, he scored one goal. He made some other goals but they were disallowed…but in the end, they all had great teamwork and they won 4-2…It is not easy to play against Union Berlin and so I think the whole team had a great performance .”"
Füllkrug also made my list of players that really impressed in this game, and that’s even after taking his own goal into account. His performances otherwise set the bar for the level of commitment we should expect from the players on the pitch, and he is surely growing into one of the leaders in this team despite his short time with the club so far.
In the advent of the performance, it seemed like an apt opportunity to ask an experienced player like Roman what he thought of the tactics displayed by Edin Terzić over the course of this season, and in extension in the game against Union Berlin, and how he compared to the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Jürgen Klopp, coaches that Weidenfeller himself had worked with. His answer was that the focus should remain on the results:
"“In the end, the most important thing is the points. Of course, Jürgen Klopp made perfect tactics with us, and Thomas Tuchel, I worked with him [as well]. He is a tactical specialist. We don’t need to ask about the tactics, we need to ask about the performance, and they [Dortmund] did a great job [against Union Berlin] and in the season also.”"