After a weak pre-season, BVB professional Julian Brandt is on the up again. According to the midfielder, the increase in performance is also linked to Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose.
Julian Brandt is one of the permanent staff at the Black and Yellows, but that wasn’t always the case. Last season, the 25-year-old went through what is probably the biggest crisis of his career. As a consequence, Brandt was left out in the national team and was not considered for the 2021 European Championship.
“There wasn’t one big point, just a lot of small aspects. It was very difficult for me that the season was more or less completed with ghost games,” Brandt tried to explain his drop in performance last year compared to the “Ruhr news” to explain.
In addition, there were “of course other things that have to do with me personally,” emphasized the BVB professional. “I didn’t get into a flow, I was struggling with myself. And once you’re in a hole, it’s not that easy to get out of it. Then there was the change of coach from Lucien Favre to Edin Terzic. It there were different things that didn’t fit in the end,” added Brandt. His performance crisis was “hard”.
Brandt: Rose has “a very good feeling” about all the players
Under Marco Rose, the offensive player made another step forward in the past six months. Brandt has already completed 21 competitive games for BVB this season.
“On the one hand, Marco Rose gives me extreme trust and on the other hand, he demands a lot from me. He has very high expectations. We often spoke privately. He often criticized me, but always in a respectful and understandable way way”, the former Leverkusen player praised the work of the new Dortmund head coach.
Rose has “a very good feeling” for all the players, Brandt said. “He’s good at assessing situations and you always have the feeling that he’s protecting you. Even if you make a mistake. I think a lot of him as a coach,” said Borussia’s number 19.
Brandt can only partially understand criticism of BVB
While Brandt was eliminated in the group stage with BVB in the Champions League, the Westphalians are on target in the DFB Cup and the Bundesliga, although they are currently six points behind FC Bayern.
Brandt only partially understands that BVB is constantly receiving criticism from outside. “We’re still in the DFB Cup, that’s okay. As far as the Champions League is concerned, the criticism was justified because we have to aim to get through the group. In the Bundesliga we were in good shape in terms of points at the winter break – and still more would have been possible,” said the native of Bremen.
Brandt also added: “Sometimes I have the feeling – and not only in Dortmund, but throughout Germany – that we are expected to finally do it, that we will fight for the title by the last matchday. It’s not as easy as you might think.”