Bruges (dpa) – The intoxication of the victory dispelled the fatigue. To shorten the stay in the coronahotspot Belgium and to minimize the risk of infection, BVB returned home to Club Brugge immediately after the 3-0 (3-0).
But even the late landing in Paderborn and the night bus trip to Dortmund could not dampen the expectation of the duel with arch-rival FC Bayern. “That will help us for Saturday’s game,” said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl of the sovereign victory, “we are also in a good mood. The best teams in Germany are currently meeting.”
After four consecutive wins to zero, Borussia feels a tailwind. Just like FC Schalke (3: 0), Zenit St. Petersburg (2: 0) and Arminia Bielefeld (2: 0), the second Bundesliga also dominated the Belgians. After a lightning fast start with goals from Thorgan Hazard (14th) and Erling Haaland (18th / 32nd), BVB could afford to play the second half in easy mode. Kehl hopes for a continuation of the rising game against the front runners with the same points: “Bayern will have respect. We have to be brave, have to die, then we can beat them.”
Such daring tones had not been heard in Dortmund for a long time just before a confrontation by the industry leaders. Just like last time in the Bundesliga, BVB found its way back to success in the Champions League. With victories over Saint Petersburg and Bruges, he forgot about Rome’s false start (1: 3) and stormed to the top of the table in group F. With two more home games to play, the starting position seems beautiful. With a win in the second game against Bruges on November 24, the round of 16 would be within reach.
Even rebuilding the back four, which was needed after defensive boss Mats Hummels broke down, hardly took any stability. His replacement Axel Witsel did surprisingly well in his first appearance as a central defender. The trained midfielder delivered 92% of the passes to the teammate and won 75% of his tackles. That earned him extra praise from his coach Lucien Favre: “Axel played very smart. I am very satisfied with his performance.”
Nevertheless, it was not Witsel but Erling Haaland who again made the biggest headlines. After all, the Norwegian is the lone record holder with 14 goals in his first eleven Champions League matches. “He’s a crazy kid. His ambition is really good for the team. We won’t delay him,” Kehl said enthusiastically. The second Dortmund shooter Hazard saw it the same way. “Erling is a goal machine. It is a pity that he did not succeed in a three-pack. Then he would have taken the ball again”, the Belgian joked.