Erling Haaland: “Borussia Dortmund can be even better without Jadon Sancho”
Erling Haaland teased the prospect of an “even better” Borussia Dortmund in the coming season, despite Jadon Sancho leaving for Manchester United.
Sancho has scored 38 goals and 45 assists in 104 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, providing Haaland on seven occasions in the past and a half seasons.
Statistically, the England international has been among the best in the league for total goal involvement since becoming a first-team game in 2018/19, but Haaland is confident that Gio Reyna, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro and Julian Brandt can step into the creative void.
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“Jadon and I had a really good understanding, he’s a top player and it’s sad he’s gone, but that’s football,” Haaland said from preseason training camp from Dortmund.
“There are a number of other players that I work well with. It might even be better. We’ll just have to see who I work best with.”
Haaland has already sympathized with American teenager Reyna, as well as club captain Reus. In addition, he had to thank Belgium international Hazard, Portugal international Guerreiro and Brandt for some of his 27 Bundesliga goals last season. Center-back Manuel Akanji, Real Madrid-owned Reinier Jesus, Germany international Emre Can and academy product Ansgar Knauff are other players who have assisted Haaland’s Bundesliga goal.
The 21-year-old has also scored 10 goals in the UEFA Champions League, leading the competition, and four more in Dortmund’s triumphant DFB Cup run. In total, the Norway international has 57 goals to score in his first 59 outings in competition for Die Schwarzgelben.
“When I score a goal, I already think of the next one,” he said after helping himself to a brace in Dortmund’s final DFB Cup victory over RB Leipzig in May.
“I won my first trophy. Now I want more. I have big dreams.”
To look at: Erling Haaland’s first full season in the Bundesliga
Haaland will get his next shot at the silverware on August 17, when Dortmund host record champion Bayern Munich in the DFL Supercup.
He is entering his second full season at the club, having left Red Bull Salzburg halfway through the 2019/20 campaign.