Dortmund out to reverse slump after Favre dismissal

BERLIN (AFP) – New Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic will make his debut in the dugout when his team travel to Werder Bremen today, with the crisis-hit Bundesliga giants looking to pick up their first win in four league games.

After former coach Lucien Favre was sacked on Sunday, Dortmund are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart which saw them drop out of the top four and cost the Swiss his job.

Former Favre assistant Terzic will now take the reins as interim boss until the end of the season, starting with the trip to Bremen.

Dortmund have not lost a league game in Bremen since 2014, yet they travel north with just one point from their last three matches and several players out injured including Belgians Thomas Meunier and Thorgan Hazard and star striker Erling Braut Haaland.

Terzic is charged with leading Dortmund back into the top four after recent results saw them fall behind the leading pack of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.

Leaders Leverkusen, who leapfrogged Bayern with a 4-1 win over Hoffenheim to go top for the first time in six years on Sunday, face local rivals Cologne tomorrow.

Peter Bosz’s side have now won three games in a row and are unbeaten this season, but the Dutch coach warned against complacency on Sunday.

“We’re top after 11 games. If we are top after 34 games then I will be delighted, but we’re not there yet,” said Bosz.

Bayern, who sit just a point behind Leverkusen in second, host the league’s only other unbeaten side Wolfsburg tomorrow.

The injury-plagued champions may be without Leon Goretzka, who hobbled off the pitch during a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin on Saturday, but are hoping that defender Niklas Suele will return to the fold.