B-V-Briefing: Der Klassiker Special

Borussia Dortmund traveled to Munich and did the unthinkable, they won!
FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages
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Borussia Dortmund defied the odds and expectations to defeat Bayern Munich and earn three important points in the race for Champions League qualification this past weekend. BVB had not defeated the German Champions since 2018, and had not won in Munich since 2014. But a hard-working and resilient performance straight from Edin Terzic's playbook led to them finally getting rid of that unwanted record.

In recent years, this fixture and rivalry had become known as one of the most one-sided in German football despite the media frenzy. Bayern have been a trap team through and through, and Dortmund finally overcame them to set the tone for both the rest of the season and upcoming meetings between the two sides.

We have to give praise where praise is due. Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck both performed at a world-class level in central defence. If Germany are in a tight pinch at the Euros, I’d certainly trust these two over Robin Koch and Waldemar Anton. Perhaps, Julian Naglesman will take note too.

Other Borussia Dortmund players showed up to perform as well. Karim Adeyemi’s speed is a tactical asset in itself, and it seems he’s figuring out how to control the ball. Julian Brandt looked to have improved his form, earning an assist for Adeyemi's early goal.

Julian Ryerson showed again how much of a bargain he was with a tenacious performance and brilliant goal. Even Sebastien Haller managed an assist after coming on. I was most impressed by Emre Can; his confidence and focus in this match rubbed off on his teammates.

Edin Terzic has been under immense pressure this season, but it has to be said that he out-coached Thomas Tuchel in this match and deserves credit for that even if we’re not satisfied with past performances. But this wasn’t like recent outings, this was a well-organized lineup executing a game-plan and frustrating a daunting opponent. Terzic implemented brave tactics and BVB were rewarded with a win away against their most difficult opponent of the last decade.

With five consecutive wins, Edin Terzic’s job seems safe at the moment. With Stuttgart and Leipzig both dropping points, this also helps Borussia Dortmund’s top-4 hopes.