Niclas Füllkrug: Criticism after Stuttgart game was not aimed towards Edin Terzic

Niclas Füllkrug with Edin Terzic. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Niclas Füllkrug with Edin Terzic. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images) /

Niclas Füllkrug has denied reports claiming that his criticism after the defeat to Stuttgart was aimed towards Edin Terzic.

Borussia Dortmund fell to a 2-1 defeat against Stuttgart this past weekend, and dropped to fifth place in the Bundesliga standings. After the game, Niclas Füllkrug questioned the team’s approach. The comments were perceived by many as direct criticism of Edin Terzic’s tactics.

But the striker, who is currently on international duty with Germany, made it clear during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he wasn’t being critical of the BVB head coach. Füllkrug also stated that he has already cleared the air with Terzic.

"“I spoke to the coach and made it clear to him that it wasn’t my intention to criticise him at all. I expressed in the interview that the whole team’s approach to the game was not optimal.”“The coach changed tactics twice during the game in Stuttgart, but we weren’t able to implement it on the pitch. It’s not my place to criticise the coach. I’ve never done that. Such interpretations are always very dangerous. That’s why I’m glad I was able to clear things up.”"

Edin Terzic has come under a bit of pressure in recent days, with Lothar Matthäus claiming that his pragmatic tactics do not fit the DNA of Borussia Dortmund. But he retains the full support of the BVB bosses after nearly leading the club to the Bundesliga title last season.

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The 41 year old will hope to find the right solutions and turn the tide at Borussia Dortmund after the international break. The Black and Yellows will return to Bundesliga action on November 25 as they take on Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Westfalenstadion.