I If you don't like Schmaltzy Instagram moments, look elsewhere now. Following the DfB Pokal finale, Edin Terzic posted a photo back then and now. The first is 2012, with supporters at the Berlin Olympics booth at the then equivalent show - a casual hat perched in a fashionable fashion, wearing a scarf tight and zippered BVB casual wear. The second - as the title indicates - nine years later, with Terzic's embrace of the jeweled Pokal trophy on the Olympiastadion field and a pleased smile.
It takes a hard heart not to feel anything, or at least appreciate the ride in the context of a particularly tough season. This unusual and disturbing campaign has accumulated a lot of choppy emotions for many clubs for many reasons, but Borussia Dortmund and their coaches are just as hard as anyone else.
Everything went well this week. In a German season, perhaps owned by Robert Lewandowski, dessert came before the main meal for his old club. On Thursday night, the BVB took off RB Leipzig 4-1 in the Pokal final and then unexpectedly entered the Champions League with a form win at Mainz on Sunday, making it back to the Champions League. They needed a boost - and just when Schalke fans thought their miserable season couldn't get any worse, their unusually flamboyant 4-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday paved the way for their tough rivals to gain an advantage - but they took advantage in a way that was unlikely to get worse a few weeks ago. .
Six weeks ago, exactly. This was the season for André Silva (and all of Lewandowski and current Dortmund for the brilliance of the number nine Erling Haaland) to spark the big Eintracht celebrations and leave the BVB with an ambiguous sport in mind a late one at Signal Iduna Park. That was when he caught the win - and to some extent - the financial future. That was no 2005 of course, but it would hurt to lose the Champions League financial prize all these years.
Not only does it look difficult, it's borderline impossible. After this costly loss in the first weekend of April, BVB was seven points behind the top four. The team's playing style was just as bad - erratic, messy, and as mean as anything depicted in the dog days of Lucien Favre's reign. The way the team escaped from this bond that they built seemed more theoretical than realistic.
Speaking of escape routes, Mino Raiola's tour of European aspiring candidates was an interesting flexibility in an epidemic transfer. market, however, carefully timed. The Haaland of your plan to Dortmund is 2021, but we are in control of that. Raiola speaks for himself, but from Haaland's point of view, the subtext was that if Dortmund did not enter the Champions League, there would be another speech, a competition the player never concealed his admiration for.
The waters are much calmer now, and the recent words of sports director Michael Zorc that Haaland will be the Dortmund player of the next season no longer seem like window decoration. The original plan of a prospective 2022 exit now looks realistic again, with Haaland's sporting needs more likely to be met in the short term. There is no doubt about Haaland's own hand in shaping the destiny and the team's destiny with two goals in a Pokal final where he bullied Dayot Upamecano, who soon became Bayern, and the season overall was 25 goals only in the Bundesliga.
It is also not simple to say that Jadon Sancho's return did something tremendous to close the gap. The UK winger has gone the extra mile from diet adjustments to raise a level until 05:00 in late winter, running alone in the city center, and this past week has made a huge rise. After scoring a match shot, including the late winner, in his crucial Bundesliga win against Leipzig last weekend, Pokal became the prominent player in the final and opened the score with a rasping finish and added a second. The only time Sancho made a mistake in Berlin was when it took too long to finish his chances for a good hat-trick, but it seemed bold to complain.
Yet while Haaland and Sancho's contributions deserve recognition, they all come back to Terzic. After the defeat in Frankfurt, when the season seemed to go to hell in a wheelbarrow, few accused him - the 38-year-old boy was thrown deep and asked to continue with him. The club's experience at youth levels under the direction of Jürgen Klopp and their work with Slaven Bilić in Beşiktaş and West Ham were useful, but by taming a panicked Bundesliga monster it didn't seem like preparation for this.
As recently as February, there was a suggestion that Terzic might need to be replaced to save the season. Yet he was smart enough to take the advice of a man suggested as an unlikely substitute. "The biggest advantage is that Matthias Sammer is not there every day, but has a view from the outside and from the stands," Terzic said in March.
Terzic was admired and admired for his history, his admiration and, as Jürgen Koers of the Ruhr Nachrichten put it, "black and yellow heart and soul", but his froid sang It has been considerably under great pressure. This helped the BVB finally find consistency, helped Jude Bellingham complete an extremely productive first season, and even helped captain Marco Reus resemble his former self in recent weeks rather than the lone figure at the start of the season.
Whether Terzic will fall under Marco Rose is up for debate - what it means now is that his coaching ability is too great to be kept on ice. He has already made his name in the history of Borussia Dortmund and that will mean a lot.
He sat: Arminia Bielefeld 1-1 Hoffenheim, Augsburg 2 -0 Werder Bremen, Freiburg 2-2 Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin 0-0 Cologne, Leverkusen 1-1 Union Berlin, Mönchengladbach 1-2 Stuttgart, Schalke 4-3 Eintracht Frankfurt. Sun: Leipzig 2-2 Wolfsburg, Mainz 1-3 Dortmund
Lewandowski is Gerd Müller's 40 - record season goals at Freiburg, paid tribute to him with a T-shirt, got a guard of honor, and then missed a seemingly unmissable chance to break the record in the second half. “I never thought that could happen,” Lewandowski told Sky. "I'm proud to share the recording."
Wolfsburg clinched their top four with a draw in Leipzig on Sunday evening, but the coach looks suspicious Oliver Glasner will stay to take them to the Champions League, “We'll throw a big party and then it's time to talk about me,” said Sky.
Werder Bremen eventually lost patience with Florian Kohfeldt and replaced him with club legend Thomas Schaaf after staying back in the relegation playoff field after a damaged 2-0 defeat at Augsburg. On the last day they need to safely beat Borussia Mönchengladbach auto-relegation, play-off point or all possibilities - all three scenarios are open to Cologne and Arminia Bielefeld.