Borussia Dortmund moves into the final of the DFB Cup with a peat festival against the scare of favorites Holstein Kiel. Because an offensive trio is in top form at the end of the season, BVB could end a season full of worries on the sunny side. In some cases, however, the Terzic team remains a shaky structure.
Three theses on BVB’s semi-final victory over Holstein Kiel.
In the end, does Mats Hummels prove to be right? “We want a more active and aggressive style against the ball. I am one hundred percent convinced that it will still be seen this season,” the BVB defense chief had predicted weeks ago.
After a season full of setbacks and self-doubt, a coach dismissal and further interim lows under interim coach Edin Terzic, Borussia Dortmund now seems to have found itself again with sometimes spectacular football. Thanks to a winning streak in the league and a great 5-0 gala in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup against the overwhelmed second division Holstein Kiel, Dortmund can again achieve all of the season’s goals – and a title on top of that.
If they win the final against RB Leipzig on May 13th in Berlin, the fifth cup triumph beckons after 1966, 1989, 2012 and 2017. The first big title after four years of dry spell would be a big consolation for the ambitious Westphalia for this so far unsatisfactory season. Up to ten million euros in cup prizes are just as little to be despised in times of Corona as the prospect of reconciling disappointed fans with a victory over the hated rival, RasenBall. Coach Terzic is self-confident. “The opponent is brutally difficult, they are one of the best teams in Germany. But we are ready to win the final.”
1. BVB can suddenly achieve all of its goals – and more!
In the Champions League, BVB met expectations anyway. For the first time since 2017, the Dortmund team reached the quarter-finals. There Dortmund was almost a little unlucky when they were eliminated from what is currently arguably the best team in the world, Manchester City. That refreshed the company’s reputation, but above all strengthened the budget in view of the constant ghost games – by around 60 to 70 million euros. That helps to keep the noble squad together and to remain steadfast when Europe’s elite clubs throw a lot of money at BVB stars.
The most important goal of the season remains the renewed qualification for the lucrative Champions League. Here Borussia is not yet over the line after the recent intermediate sprint with four wins in a row, but within striking distance. Dortmund, who are visibly tightened, have caught up to nine points on the eleven points from Wolfsburg. Eintracht Frankfurt are only one point away and have a worse goal difference.
As fifth in the table, BVB is on the lookout, the happy ending that was no longer possible is within reach again. As a dress rehearsal for the cup final, Leipzig is now also waiting in the league. Stay tuned is the motto: “It’s a good run, but we can’t let up one percent,” says Marco Reus.