Dortmund Leaning on Haaland For Title Run
Borussia Dortmund is turning its head towards young Erling Haaland to lead them in their Bundesliga title run as they are set to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. The team came off a disappointing week and are looking to bounce back from that tough stretch.
That 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen definitely hampered the team’s chances in their title run after falling off in a tie with Gladbach for the third spot. The team also saw their three-game winning streak snapped in that tough loss.
It was also the first time that Haaland did not score for the team. He made eight goals in his previous four matches. It seems that the 19-year-old isn’t ready for the pressure of being in a starting role for the club.
Former club captain Sebastian Kehl said that the Leverkusen loss was a very disappointing end for the team’s tough week. They also fell out of the German Cup after losing to the Werder Bremen at 3-2.
‘We're conceding too many goals, which often means we lose the reward for our work as we're scoring enough’, said sporting director Michael Zorc.
Eintracht is known for its unprecedented ability to thrash top teams in the Bundesliga. The team recently blew its way past Augsburg with a shocking 5-0 win last week. In addition, they hammered down defending champions Bayern Munich with a colossal 5-1 win last November.
RB Leipzig wasn’t safe from Eintracht’s unique kill list. The second-placed squad fell down 2-0 at the Commerzbank Arena last month. It seems that Eintracht’s killing thread never stops at delivering shocking wins against the top teams in the league.
Dortmund will also battle against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League’s last-16 first leg. Mounting a strong comeback will not be an easy task for a team that is missing two of its biggest stars in Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, who are both out with injuries.
‘It takes time to correct a few things, but it's coming’, said Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre, who is still optimistic despite the level of pressure he is in right now. ‘I don't see any other solution apart from work, work, work’.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores