Borussia Dortmund is hopeful about the newcomers. Six Salih Özcan has apparently already internalized the game of BVB coach Edin Terzic.
Dortmund – Three league games to zero, a dominant appearance against Copenhagen in the Champions League: BVB had a run until the 0: 3 bankruptcy against RB Leipzig. The compact defense contributed to this. But also a stable performance in midfield.
BVB has a new midfield headquarters: Özcan now reveals the distribution of roles
After his foot injury and a lack of training, he was in the starting XI for the game against Hertha BSC: Since Mo Dahoud’s absence, Salih Özcan has been in charge of BVB’s central midfield alongside Jude Bellingham. And with success.
Until the defeat in Leipzig, the games with him remained without conceding a goal. Showed himself to be strong in duels and experienced. Unlike Emre Can, for example, BVB gave the game stability. Because it’s clear that “we don’t want to give any gifts,” as Salih Özcan clarifies in a BVB YouTube video. And he puts everything into it.
BVB new signing Salih Özcan clarifies: Clear assignment of tasks with Bellingham
Now the new signing from Borussia Dortmund has revealed the secret of the success between him and Jude Bellingham. It’s due to a clear distribution of roles: “It’s the case that I take on the more defensive part – that Jude can let off steam.”
Bellingham has to hold the position, especially defensively. “But offensively, I fall back two or three levels and stay in front of the chain. And try to intercept counterattacks,” said Özcan, explaining the modus operandi of the new Dortmund control center.
BVB coach Edin Terzic doesn’t need “sexy” football: Salih Özcan throws everything in
The distribution of tasks is clear. Salih Özcan acts as a ball distributor and guard, Jude Bellingham breaks forward and poses a goal threat. But Salih Özcan not only scores with clarity and stability. Also with down-to-earthness.
When asked about the competition in midfield, the BVB six told Ruhr Nachrichten that there was competition in every club. “I don’t come here and say I’ll play 60 games from the start. I have to do my best for the good of the team. I’m not just looking at myself selfishly. The team should be successful.”
Take yourself back for the benefit of the team, throw everything in for the benefit of the team: That is the concept that BVB coach Edin Terzic expects from his team. Work forwards and backwards. As an example, Jude Bellingham and Salih Özcan are already working in the midfield of the black and yellow.