Nico Schlotterbeck talks about the sense of entitlement in Dortmund – and explains what he wants to stand for with BVB. The central defender is self-critical.
Nico Schlotterbeck spoke about the great expectations at Borussia Dortmund.
The German national player wants to develop under the “extreme pressure” at BVB, he explained in an interview with the WAZ: “There is a lot of pressure at Dortmund. My other clubs didn’t have that.”
Above all, he meant the sporting sense of entitlement – and less the behavior of the fans, who did not always agree with the ideas of the team in the past six months.
“When the fans come to me, they are always positive. The fans were there for every game, but we weren’t always there,” said Schlotterbeck. Before the restart, the black and yellow are in sixth place in the Bundesliga table.
BVB star: That’s what Dortmund should stand for
The central defender vowed to improve: “I have a long contract. People should be thrilled to visit the stadium, which is what I’m currently attempting with the team. They should know what BVB stands for.”
Namely for “attractive, fast, and uncompromising football.”
Schlotterbeck, who has not always been able to impress since moving from SC Freiburg, is pursuing big goals with BVB – at least with regard to the league, he has little hope for the moment: “I also want an exciting title fight, but FC Bayern is just very good. Unfortunately, they are far away now. We have to attack the positions in front of us first.”
The national player is self-critical. “I was simply too inconsistent in the Bundesliga. My game just has a lot of risks. I’ve tried to minimize this in recent years,” said Schlotterbeck: “But of course, I made two or three mistakes too many. I have to keep working on it and I am convinced that my development is not over yet.”
The league will start again on January 22 for Dortmund, who was happy about the first goals from returnee Sébastien Haller on Friday, against FC Augsburg.