Dortmund (dpa) – Who decides the league top? In the game between industry leaders Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern on Saturday (6.30 p.m. / Sky), the two goalscorers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski were able to make the difference. Both exceptional strikers are currently in top shape.
As for the numbers, there is a lot to be said for veteran Lewandowski. Twelve-year-old Pole has scored twice as many goals this season as Haaland with ten goals. The former BVB professional is the first player in league history to score a double-digit number after five match days. He also stands with three assists for Dortmund (2). Lewandowski also likes to score against his old club: 16 times in twelve league matches so far.
On the other hand, Haaland, who is only 20 years old and who scored a competitive record on November 4 with his 13th and 14th goals in Bruges after only eleven Champions League games, is convincing as a master of efficiency. On average, the Norwegian does not even need three shots on goal for one goal. In this regard, Lewandowski is clearly behind with more than five shots on target per sense of achievement. Even with Haaland’s dream pace of just 81 minutes per goal, the Bayern forward (106 minutes per goal) can’t keep up.
Michael Zorc, however, finds a comparison of the two professionals inappropriate. “They are too far apart in terms of age to be able to make comparisons”, says the sports director of BVB. He made no secret of his deep appreciation for Haaland: “We are happy with Erling. He is good to us not only because of his goals, but also because he radiates a will at every fiber and is obsessed with success.”
It cannot be ruled out that someone else will decide the game. In the last two games in the Bundesliga and in the Supercup, Joshua Kimmich from Munich scored the decisive goals to make the score 1-0 and 3-2 for his team. “Joshua is an absolute professional. He’s a mindset monster. He’s always in the game, he never gives up,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said, praising the national player.