BVB trainer Edin Terzic took special care to praise Emré Can for shouldering a versatile role after Sunday night's victory over Leverkusen.
|Emre Can.||Photo: Borussia Dortmund|
"We honestly couldn't figure out how they would start," Terzic told his interviewer afterwards, "That's why I had to have Emré Can at the [solo] six. With Emre in this position, we always have the option of getting him between the two center-backs."
Can rose to the occasion and fulfilled this task. Unlike last week against Augsburg, when Salih Özcan struggled mightily to handle the FCA counter on his own in the solo six slot, Dortmund were able to keep an admittedly playful and often dangerous Werkself side from doing as much damage. Can drifted back to help center-backs Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle quite a bit.
In the twilight of his career, no longer in the discussion for the German national team, and rapidly declining in value, the versatile 29-year-old still has plenty of uses, as per Terzic. Can himself has admitted that it's been a rough season for him. The winning head-coach gleamed when speaking of player who helped his side "gain complete control of the game."
"It's great to have someone like that on the pitch," Terzic said of his all-purpose-weapon.