After three consecutive Bundesliga matches without a win, BVB manager Peter Bosz now faces the harsh critics of the German football media, particularly regarding his offensive style of play. In an interview with SportBild, the Dutchman expresses his opinion about various topics. He also explains the thought process behind his tactics.
“I understand the many questions about the space behind our back line and regarding the system itself. That does not make it right though. Every system is fragile and can be broken down if it is not executed properly or if the team hurts itself by making errors. We have to get better at carrying out our own system” says Bosz, who came to Dortmund from Ajax Amsterdam before the season.
The hype around his team after they won six matches out of the first seven was too big in Bosz’s mind. “In the first few weeks, we got a lot of praise because everything was going well. But I knew even then, we needed more time. The team deserves that time as well, in order to truly understand the system and for their development. That there would be setbacks was not only common knowledge to us, we in fact repeatedly said there would be.”
He is convinced his philosophy will work, just as much today as when he took the job. “Why can’t both happen simultaneously? You can play attractive football and win titles. Of course, it is my goal to give our fans beautiful football to watch, but that does not mean we cannot compete for silverware.”
Bosz is still searching for his first title as a manager, one that he expects will come during his time with BVB. The importance of the Borsingplatz, where Borussia Dortmund celebrate all of their title wins, is well-known by the Dutchman. “Of course I want to celebrate a title at the Borsingplatz, but I cannot make any guarantees. What I will guarantee is that I will do everything in my power to make it happen!”
Perhaps the title-hunt would have been simpler with one Ousmane Dembélé on the roster. The Frenchman however, made such a cry for a transfer this past summer that BVB eventually granted the player his wish.
Bosz: “I normally only talk about the players who are here. However, I do not think I am crossing any lines by saying that Ous was a very special player. He was here for the first few weeks and I saw what he was capable of at team training. When a player of that calibre leaves it is always a huge loss. Everyone at the club would have loved to avoid this outcome. The only thing that counts for me though, is the current roster. And in them, I have full confidence.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang counts as one of those on the current roster. The reigning Bundesliga Golden Boot winner is still being mentioned with a transfer as early as the winter break.
These rumours are not an issue for Bosz. “I believe the media speculation is simply a part of the game today and cannot be avoided. Auba is a super striker who possesses great quality. There are not many players like this in the world, that is why they are always in the headlines. Auba departing is of absolutely no concern to me at this moment.”