Double pack and spectacular side pull: Erling Haaland shone again in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 derby win against FC Schalke 04. The 20-year-old striker from Norway is currently more important to his team than probably never before.
Where could Erling Haaland still improve? “There are a few things,” said Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic on Saturday evening and named three: “His header game could get even better, his right foot could get better, that he once hit the first post could get better. “
Haaland did not need these skills to help his team to win a 4-0 derby at FC Schalke 04 with a brace. He sank the ball twice with his left foot and not once from the first post: first from an impressive altitude with a side puller, later in the best striker style from close range.
Haaland scored 42 and 43 in the 43rd competitive game for Dortmund, so on average he has scored once per game since his arrival last January. “He’s an absolute machine and very hungry for goals. His positive energy on the pitch pushes us and is incredibly good for us,” praised captain Marco Reus. Haaland is currently more important to his team than probably never before.
After a strong start to the season, Dortmund slipped into a creative crisis in autumn. This development was accelerated by Haaland’s hamstring, crowned in a negative sense by the dismissal of coach Lucien Favre in mid-December. In his last game, a 1: 5 at VfB Stuttgart, the striker was not available.
Haaland was involved in eight of the last ten BVB goals
Haaland was directly involved in eight of the last ten Dortmund goals. A week ago against TSG Hoffenheim he scored the late 2: 2, in the 3: 2 first leg of the Champions League first leg at Sevilla FC he contributed two goals and an assist and now he scored twice again in the derby win. Haaland passed Schalke (15) with 17 hits in the Bundesliga shooting list.
Thanks to the victory, Dortmund kept six points behind the targeted Champions League starting position four, previously the direct competitors VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt had won and thus increased the pressure. Dortmund now has twelve games to catch up on these six points – otherwise Haaland is unlikely to be held in the coming summer despite the current contract until 2024.
“I expect myself to qualify every year,” he said the other day. The Champions League is Haaland’s favorite competition, his obsession and greatest source of motivation. When he qualified for the competition for the first time in 2019 with his then club RB Salzburg, according to eyewitness reports, he drove through the city with the window down and heard the famous anthem.
Afterwards he aroused interest across Europe with eight goals in six group matches. Dortmund was awarded the contract for 20 million euros. Since then, Haaland has outgrown the club with every hit. There has long been speculation about his next career station, the two Manchester clubs United and City as well as the Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are considered interested parties.
After the derby victory, Dortmund’s coach was also anxious to slow down the hype surrounding his striker a bit. After making three suggestions for improvement to Haaland, he said: “The third goal makes me much prouder than that goal. Those are the combinations we imagine. It was a great goal from the whole team.” What made Raphael Guerreiro’s goal exceptional was the fact that Haaland was not directly involved.