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Sebastien Haller counters critics after a brace against Cologne



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While Sebastian Haller commented on the criticism of his sporting form before the brace against Cologne (6: 1), coach Edin Terzic revealed that his former protégé Erling Haaland had contacted him after his five-pack against Leipzig. You can read all the news and rumors about BVB here.

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BVB, News – Sebastien Haller counters critics: “Would be a huge mistake”

BVB striker Sebastien Haller was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July 2022. In January, the 28-year-old Franco-Ivorian returned to the Dortmund squad, but understandably things have not gone well since then. He only scored one goal in twelve games up until Saturday, not netting in the last nine games – but then came the 6-1 home win against 1. FC Köln and Haller scored twice, in the 17th and 69th minute . When he was substituted two minutes after his second goal, the BVB fans rose from their seats and applauded him.

“If you think that after just three weeks everything that was six months before is just like that forgotten, that would be a huge mistake,” Haller said sports1 and thus countered public criticism of his low goal tally. “I’m happy to be here and playing at all. It’s all a bonus for me.”

Haller is now “very happy”, but still needs some time to be able to build on his form from earlier days.

Sporting director Sebastian Kehl commented: “It will give him a boost. What has been surfacing in the last few weeks is not justified after everything the boy has been through. He has paid off and feels the support of the whole club.”

The 6:1 was also an early announcement to FC Bayern, who will welcome Dortmund to the German classic after the international break on April 1 in the Allianz Arena. FCB will decide today at 5:30 p.m. at Leverkusen whether BVB will go into this duel with a one-point lead, none or two points behind. Haller said in relation to his return and probably about the title fight in general: “Everything is possible! Don’t set yourself any limits, I keep saying that. That would be the biggest mistake. But we mustn’t celebrate too much, we know how Everything can change so quickly. We have to keep going and keep our feet on the ground.”

BVB, News: Erling Haaland contacted Edin Terzic after a five-pack

With the five goals in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League against Leipzig, Erling Haaland made history during the week. He had scored nine goals against Honduras at the U-20 World Cup, but he had never been as successful as a senior professional as he was against Leipzig.

After the CL game on Tuesday, Haaland had not forgotten his roots and contacted BVB trainer Edin Terzic: “Finally I did it”, i.e. “I finally made it,” he wrote to him.

Terzic revealed that on Saturday before BVB’s home win against 1. FC Köln (6-1). sky. Haaland is referring to November 2020, when he scored four goals in the 5-2 win against Hertha – and was substituted in the 85th minute by the then coach Lucien Favre. The Norwegian was thus denied a possible five-pack. Favre’s assistant at the time, Terzic, had not been to the Olympic Stadium due to illness. The 40-year-old now explained: “He then asked me: ‘Please make sure that if I score four more goals at some point, the coach doesn’t get the idea of ​​substituting me before I’ve scored five.'”

Against Leipzig, however, the Norwegian was sent off by Pep Guardiola after just 63 minutes! Otherwise he would have had half an hour to turn the five-pack into a six-pack, seven-pack or something even more crazy that had never been seen in the Champions League.

BVB, News: After Cologne is before Munich

With 28 points from the last ten Bundesliga games, Dortmund has created a great starting position for the cracker at FC Bayern (April 1, 6:30 p.m.) after the international break. Whether it is the last chance for the championship for the BVB remains to be seen, in any case it is the best for a while.

Even if coach Erdin Terzic is still cautious in his choice of words, there is no way around the fact that BVB has to deliver against Bayern after countless defeats, as Tim Ursinus writes in our findings on BVB’s victory against Cologne.

BVB, News: The table after the 6:1 against Cologne

Place team Sp. Gates differential pt.
1. Borussia Dortmund 25 55:31 24 53
2. Bayern Munich 24 71:25 46 52
3. RB Leipzig 25 49:30 19 45
4. Union Berlin 24 36:28 8th 45
5. Freiburg 24 37:33 4 45
6. Eintracht Frankfurt 24 46:34 12 40
7. Wolfsburg 25 44:32 12 38
8th. Mainz 05 24 39:35 4 36
9. Bayer Leverkusen 24 43:39 4 34
10 Borussia M’gladbach 25 40:44 -4 31
11. Werder Bremen 25 39:48 -9 31
12. augsburg 25 32:45 -13 28
13. Cologne 25 33:44 -11 27
14 Bochum 25 27:56 -29 25
15 Hoffenheim 25 33:45 -12 22
16 Hertha BSC 25 30:48 -18 21
17 Schalke 04 25 21:45 -24 21
18 Stuttgart 25 29:42 -13 20