Erling Haaland was the outstanding player in BVB’s 5-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. What else did you notice? The knowledge about the game.
Erling Haaland is the incarnate cheat code
While elsewhere this summer teams are being bought together that read “like my troops”, “when I’m in the Champions League final with Jan Regensburg II with Jan Regensburg II for the football manager in the seventh year” (Thanks, Tommi Schmitt and 11friends), BVB needs exactly one player to lift the club and teammates to another level.
Erling Haaland in the form of Saturday is like a human cheat code. He is a target, wall and relay player. Goalscorer, assists, architect of the offensive and chief driver all in one. Haaland has a steamroller body that not even Makoto Hasebe’s adventurous tackles like before the 1: 0 can throw it out of step. He handles the ball as smoothly as if he were Fantasista born.
Haaland put on 36 sprints on Saturday, more than any other player on the field, achieved by far the highest speed with 35.94 kilometers per hour, made six of Dortmund’s 13 shots on goal and three passes to a shot.
Erling Haaland the perfect hybrid striker
Haaland is the perfect hybrid striker – and he’s still only 21 years old. Where’s this going to end? BVB captain Marco Reus stopped the fun after the 5-2 draw against Frankfurt, for which Haaland had officially been involved in four goals, but was actually largely responsible for all of them.
He tried to curb the euphoria surrounding Haaland (“You shouldn’t praise him too much because he still has to improve”). But Reus will also know that gala performances like the one against Frankfurt with Haaland nearby are much easier for him. Because Haaland, who has now scored 62 goals in 61 competitive games for BVB, absurdly even manages to let his teammates shine in his shadow. “Erling is an incredible team player,” said coach Marco Rose.
In the end, even Reus gave up his reluctance. “Of course he is already a package. Today he can be celebrated and if he continues to perform like this, we will of course keep him on a long leash.”