Roman Bürki was demoted to number two in the goal of Borussia Dortmund. For the Swiss, this is a low point in his professional career so far, his future at BVB is unclear. Much will depend on a conversation with upcoming coach Marco Rose.
Of course, the cards will be reshuffled at Borussia Dortmund in the summer when Marco Rose serves as coach. This is good news for all players currently on the sidelines. And BVB has a lot of that, at least if they shouldn’t leave the club by then: for example Julian Brandt, Thomas Meunier, Nico Schulz, Reinier or Roman Bürki.
However, the following scenario currently seems difficult to imagine: Bürki, who has been demoted to number two, moves back into goal under Rose, while interim coach Edin Terzic, who took Bürki out of goal, moves into the second row behind Rose. That would spark discussion, to say the least, that much is certain.
Although Bürki did not immediately lose his traditional place after Terzic took over from the dismissed Lucien Favre in December, the Swiss still emerged as a clear loser from the Dortmund crisis around the turn of the year. Bürki has been in the box at BVB since 2015 and has only missed 14 Bundesliga games in the previous five seasons.
Bürki certainly has a hard time nibbling on the demotion to number two. The boulevard recently even referred to him as “Null-Bock-Bürki”. His contract was only extended to 2023 in June.
BVB keeper Bürki without a conversation with Marco Rose
BVB sports director Michael Zorc described this headline in the press conference before the DFB Cup semi-final match between BVB and Holstein Kiel (Saturday, 8.30 p.m. in the LIVETICKER) as “indecent and defamatory”. Coach Edin Terzic also protected Bürki: “There can be no question of a zero-minded attitude. It’s certainly not an easy situation. But we can absolve him of that,” he said.
Nevertheless, in view of the solid but by no means outstanding performance of representative Marwin Hitz – who was also tied to the club two months ago until 2023 – rumors spring up that Borussia will reposition themselves in the goalkeeping position. Andre Onana (Ajax), Gregor Kobel (Stuttgart), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Alexander Nübel (Bavaria) – too few names are not rumored.
One thing is clear: Dortmund will only sign a new goalkeeper if one of the two current goalkeepers leaves. Since Hitz will remain number one since the end of January and until the end of the season, and also make a decent number two, the assumptions are in the direction of Bürki. That the 30-year-old will be back in the new season should not be particularly realistic.
According to information from SPOX and goal No decision has yet been made in this regard, as there has not yet been a conversation between Rose and Bürki about the future coach’s plans. This will only be carried out after the end of the season, as both parties are still waiting for the outcome of the current season and it will not be insignificant, especially at BVB, whether or not income from the Champions League is to be planned.
When Dortmund announced its previous contract extension, Bürki was described by sports director Michael Zorc as “one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Bundesliga”. In a sense, Bürki is what BVB is this season: good phases alternate with weak phases, so you can never be absolutely sure of what you will get. The keeper has improved sustainably over the years in Westphalia, but you have to blame him for not being able to remedy his weaknesses in controlling the penalty area – Bürki sticks to the line too often – and BVB rarely wins a game.
Bürki is good in Dortmund, no question about it, but he is not outstanding – a club with the demands of BVB should have a goalkeeper in its ranks who embodies this quality. “We showed him a clear path, what we ask of him, where he has to improve. He has a clear mission that he tries to fulfill. He is there in every training session and accelerates,” Terzic said recently at the WAZ.
BVB coach Terzic: “Bürki has a clear mission”
“I can talk to him about the special pressure situations,” said Bürki once, and after Bosz was released from the training camp in Marbella, he also admitted “enormous difficulties” in dealing with criticism. “You always say you don’t notice it or you don’t want to read it, but you always notice it anyway. Of course you also think what other people think of you now. That honestly breaks you,” he said at the time.