Dortmund (AP) – One was satisfied with two hits, the other with three assists. The two young professionals Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna from Dortmund pounded on the shoulder and after the 4-0 (1-0) laughed about SC Freiburg in the arms.
In a refreshing way, the two top talents, only 20 and 17 years old, stole the show from even established teammates like Marco Reus or Mats Hummels. As cool as before in the opponent’s penalty area, Haaland responded to the question about his impressive Bundesliga result with 17 goals in 18 games: “That’s not bad. But it could have been more.”
Games like against Freiburg promote Borussia’s good reputation as a playground for the gifted. Because in addition to Haaland, the American Reyna must also give his club a lot of fun in the future. The midfielder prepared both goals for the Norwegian (31st minute / 66th) and the intermediate 2-0 via Emre Can (47th). Since the start of data collection in 1992, Reyna is the first 17-year-old to have three assists in a Bundesliga game. “I am not surprised by him,” said his sponsor Lucien Favre with a happy smile, “he faces a very good career.”
Nevertheless, the BVB coach held back with excessive praise: “He has to keep working, be ambitious.” The Swiss footballer indicated that he wanted to take care of the jewel now and then in the future: “You have to be careful with such a young player and do not burn him. We have plenty of opportunities to rotate on the offensive.”
The fact that BVB coach Jude Bellingham had re-commissioned the starting eleven as another 17-year-old was almost lost in the buzz around the two protagonists. Even Freiburg captain Christian Günter was impressed by Haaland’s elemental strength and praised him unusually: “He’s an asshole for goal, he uses almost every chance.”
The attacker who committed around 20 million euros last winter helped Borussia to be spared a false start to the season after two defeats in Augsburg (0: 2) and in the Supercup at Bayern (2: 3). In the second home game of the season, Haaland managed to achieve the second brace and the sixth in his short time in Dortmund.
BVB captain Marco Reus has no doubts that Haaland will continue to be a guarantee of success in the future: “He plays the way he trains. In addition, his professionalism, as he is, the positive things. We like that, that “We need it. On the field. He will always score no matter how good or bad he is in the game.”
The fact that Haaland did not complete his way to his possible third goal in injury time himself, but served Felix Passlack selflessly and thus gave his newly substituted teammate the first Bundesliga goal, earned him extra credit from his coach. “That was a good sign for the team,” said Favre.