Duisburg (AP) – Emre Can played with Arjen Robben or Franck Ribéry at FC Bayern. At Liverpool FC with a magical attacking triangle that earned Jürgen Klopp the Champions League title. And recently at Juventus Turin even with mega star Cristiano Ronaldo.
But when the national player talks about his young offensive colleagues from Borussia Dortmund, his eyes shine. “It’s great what we have for kickers”, he said after the 5-0 (3-0) in the first round of the DFB Cup at the third division MSV Duisburg.
Can think of young people like Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland (both 20) or Giovanni Reyna (18). And especially Jude Bellingham (17), who made an excellent debut and set records for the second time in a week. After becoming England’s youngest goalscorer the week before, he has been Dortmund’s youngest goalscorer since Monday.
And, of course, Can also thought of his captain Marco Reus, with whom, curiously, he had never been on the field at BVB. In Can’s debut for BVB, he was replaced on February 4 by the injured Reus, who was then canceled. And on Monday really returned like a phoenix from the ashes. With a hit three seconds after the game was restarted after being substituted. “He waited a long time to play, but didn’t wait long to score,” said the strong Thorgan Hazard.
“I saw during training that he is very strong,” Can explains: “I am very happy to be on the field with him for the first time. He is extremely important to us. That he stays healthy this year. and scores a lot of goals. “
The young offensive needs a leader like Reus if BVB wants to be a halfway match for the triple Bayern this season. But the potential of the young and wild is just as impressive as the ease with which they blend in. And their team spirit. “They are great footballers, but they also worked backwards,” said Can. They did it so eagerly that mentality players like Can (26), Mats Hummels or Reus (both 31) also liked to work for the young magicians.
When Reus returned to a competitive game on Monday after 222 days, his colleagues had already decided the game. Sancho had converted a hand penalty (14th), Hazard a free kick after the emergency brake on Haaland and red for Dominic Volkmer (38th), Axel Witsel extended a free kick by Reyna in the goal (50th). Bellingham had also scored immediately (30th).
On Instagram, the teenager posted a photo and photo at midnight. When shooting for goal, celebrating a goal and so on. However, the Englishman suffered at the break for a youthful lack of self-control and was replaced. “Of course” he took him off the field for his yellow card for hitting the ball, said coach Lucien Favre. Seemingly almost indignant that someone could have come up with another reason.
“I didn’t want him to see a second yellow card,” said Favre. Then he was delighted with his next exceptional talent, who had “good acceleration”, “but was also very good in defense”. Then to slow himself down, “But he’s only 17.”