Borussia Dortmund’s strong performance in the top game against SC Freiburg quickly became a minor matter. Goalscorer Erling Haaland is upset and feels pressured by the club.After his team’s gala performance, Marco Rose raved about a “superb performance” on a “great evening”, when Erling Haaland proved to be a party crasher. The angered goal giant bitterly complained about the behavior of Borussia Dortmund officials when it came to his future. Managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke reacted with incomprehension to the criticism of his storm jewel – the signs point to separation.
Erling Haaland: “The club is putting me under pressure”
“I really just want to play football, but they’re pushing me,” Haaland complained after the 5-1 (3-0) win in the Bundesliga’s top game against SC Freiburg on Norwegian TV broadcaster Viaplay. “Out of respect for Dortmund, I haven’t said anything for the last six months, I let everyone else around the world speak. But the club is putting pressure on me to make a decision.”
Hans-Joachim Watzke “can’t understand it”
The Dortmund demonstration of power quickly became a minor matter. Watzke tried to limit the damage. “We’re not putting Erling under pressure at all,” said the BVB boss to the newspapers of the Funke media group. There are currently no talks or appointments with the Haaland side, says Watzke: “So I can’t understand it.”What happened in Volkspark this week? What about HSV ahead of the next matchday? Every Friday, the Rautenpost provides you with analyses, updates and transfer rumours. Just in time for the weekend you will receive a brief summary of all the latest news of the week about HSV from us – directly by e-mail to your inbox. Click here and subscribe for free.A farewell to the 21-year-old in the summer is becoming more and more likely. Haaland still has a contract in Dortmund until June 2024, but after this season he can leave the DFB Cup winner due to an exit clause for a reported 75 million euros. “That probably means that I have to come to Potte now. You want an answer. That means things have to happen,” said Haaland after his league goals of 54 and 55 in the 56th game.
Watzke: “That will also make sense to him”
Watzke emphasized his “top relationship” with Haaland, and he was “a spontaneous person and still a young boy”, but: “We can’t wait until May, that will make sense to him too. As a professional, he has to understand that at some point you will talk about the future.”
Borussia Dortmund must seek a possible replacement
The club’s attitude is understandable. Ideally, April and May will see even more important games in three competitions. And in the event of a separation, BVB must try to find a replacement at an early stage in difficult times. You might also be interested in: Referee pauses after criticism: BVB coach wants Zwayer return, but Haaland prefers to concentrate on his job at the moment. In an “ideal world” he would not decide now: “We are in a tough phase with a lot of games, I really only want to play football, but I can’t.”
Haaland and Meunier score twice against Freiburg
On Friday evening he and his teammates still managed brilliantly. In addition to Haaland, header monster Thomas Meunier scored twice for the first time in the Bundesliga. Mahmoud Dahoud provided the end of a lavish celebration against a disappointing Freiburg team.
Marco Rose glances at the championship trophy
With this, BVB finally reported back in the title race. The club, emphasized Rose, already has the right to “have the championship trophy again in Dortmund at some point”. But for that you have to “get even better”. It is important “that we look after ourselves”.
Julian Brandt: “These are all great kickers”
Julian Brandt also draws new hope after the perfect start to the second half of the season with two wins. “It’s clear that you won’t win every game now, that’s how football is at the end of the day. But basically they are all great kickers who want to win games and will give everything for it in the future, ”said the national player at DAZN. (fa/sid)
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