Borussia Dortmund is riding a wave of success in time for the cracker against FC Bayern (Saturday, 6.30 p.m. in LIVETICKER). In addition to the exceptional talents Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, another actor who seemed to have been written off recently stood out: Mahmoud Dahoud. The 25-year-old showed what makes him so valuable to BVB and coach Edin Terzic.
A week before the memorable 5-1 swat against VfB Stuttgart, which cost Lucien Favre his job as BVB coach, Dahoud had started the 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. After that, as a result of Edin Terzic’s assumption of office, he only found himself in a place that was particularly unpopular with professionals. The siding.
The 38-year-old had temporarily suspended the midfielder after a heated argument in training. Not for the first time since Dahoud’s move from Gladbach to Dortmund (2017), rumors of emigration haunted the Ruhr area. According to media reports, he could have left the black and yellow with a suitable offer in winter. Above all, Olympique Marseille and AS Monaco are said to have expressed their interest. Dahoud stayed and is currently hard to imagine the starting XI without.
Around two months passed before Terzic gave him his first chance from the start in the first leg of the Champions League first leg at Sevilla FC. Dahoud benefited from the best possible reason a teammate could have failed: Thomas Delaney and his wife were expecting offspring for the first time, which is why the Dane did not make the trip to Andalusia and stayed in Germany.
It was Dahoud’s evening! The two-time national player scored the important equalizer in the 3-2 win against the Europa League record winner with a flick from 25 meters. More importantly, it stood out as a weapon in the shift game, which is so important for Terzic’s style of play.
BVB: Dahoud the face of the Dortmund boom
“Mo stands out with the goal. He played a very good game and is a very important part of our squad, even if he was a bit out of the game recently,” said the BVB coach after the game. Dahoud became the face of the upswing that many in Dortmund under Terzic no longer believed in.
Although it was repeatedly asserted that they were “on the mend” (Hummels), after the bitter 1: 2 defeat in Freiburg and the given victory against Hoffenheim (2: 2), BVB seemed to be out of the fight having passed the Champions League qualification.
Four days after the Sevilla triumph, Dahoud was once again among the first eleven Borussia players in the Revierderby on the list. In the well-deserved 4-0 win at Schalke, he showed not only his class on the ball but also his sense of tactical behavior in pressing situations.
It is “not that easy” if you haven’t played for so long, said the new old ball distributor in the BVB holiday magazine and reported on a letter he found on his car after the derby victory: “It said: ‘Thanks for that Derby win, Mo ‘. That was a bit crazy. “
But Dahoud is not only receiving great recognition from BVB supporters. “I have a very close relationship with Mo”, Terzic suggested conciliatory tones before the next compulsory task in the Bundesliga against Bielefeld and added tellingly: “I have often said to him that he should be responsible for my headache when I do I think about the line-up. He often had to be patient and showed a very good reaction. I’m happy about that. ” Dahoud is now finally showing on the pitch what he actually does all the time in training.
“If you have game after game, you can keep improving. I’m trying to do that right now. I think I can perform even better,” he said. And with regard to the short-term failures of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro and Giovanni Reyna, his recovered skills against FC Bayern will be needed more than ever on Saturday.