Terzic calls on Dortmund to show 'different face' in Bayern trip

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March 31 (Reuters) - Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund must "show a different face" if they are to end their long-running winless streak at rivals Bayern Munich when the sides meet this weekend, manager Edin Terzic said on Friday.

Dortmund are top on 53 points, one ahead of Bayern after 25 games, in what looks like a two-horse race for the title, with nine rounds of matches left.

History is not on Dortmund's side for Saturday's game, with the Ruhr valley club's last away league victory over Bayern having come in 2014, but Terzic sounded an optimistic note ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.

"What makes me particularly confident is the energy we have developed. This is because of our run, for example, and many good results," Terzic told reporters.

"We know our chance, and we want to take it. We have to do everything we can for that. We set out with the goal that we have to invest everything. We can send a signal -- both to ourselves and to the competition.

"Tomorrow's game can set a direction, but it won't decide everything... We must courageously seize our opportunities and show a different face tomorrow than we have in recent years in Munich."

Dortmund will come up against their former coach Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Julian Nagelsmann last week, and Terzic added that the change in leadership had affected their preparations "a little bit".

"With the change of coach, we don't know exactly whether he will continue Nagelsmann's system of play or bring new ideas to the pitch," Terzic said.

"You still have a top coach and a top team. We have to draw the right conclusions. We have watched Bayern games as well as the games with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. Of course, Bayern want to show a top performance, so we have to prepare very well."

Terzic said Nagelsmann's sacking was a shame, adding, "I just think that Julian is an absolute top coach.

"Nevertheless, we all know how fast things can go in football. But I'm also looking forward to welcoming Tuchel tomorrow."

Terzic added that Dortmund will be without Giovanni Reyna and Thomas Meunier for Saturday's game, while Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Nico Schlotterbeck's participation is in doubt due to injuries.

"But the good news is that six players are returning to the squad. They are Gregor Kobel, Emre Can, Julian Brandt, Karim Adeyemi, Youssoufa Moukoko and Salih Ozcan," Terzic said.

Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge

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