80 goals and 21 assists in 79 competitive games for Borussia Dortmund, twelve goals in 15 international matches for the Norwegian A-team and simply unbelievable 23 goals in 19 games in the Champions League: the numbers that adorn Erling Haaland’s still young career Football fans worldwide with astonished expressions. However, it wasn’t always easy for the BVB superstar either.
After moving from the Norwegian football province of Molde to the Austrian Champions League permanent guest RB Salzburg, Erling Haaland had to struggle. The 21-year-old revealed this in an interview with “sky“. Reason for his stumbling: Coach Marco Rose, of all people, who has had him under his wing at BVB since the summer of 2021.
“In Salzburg, the first six months with Marco Rose wasn’t easy either, because I didn’t play much,” admits Haaland, allowing himself a little dig at his coach. Knowing Rose would leave the club six months after signing, he used the time to develop, but felt he “should have played more,” the centre-forward said.
Haaland and Rose: See you again at BVB
Haaland moved to the city of Mozart in January 2019, but hardly got a chance under Rose. Only 149 minutes were recorded at the end of the season, and the youngster was often not even in the squad.
Striking: In his only start-up, Haaland scored his only goal under Rose, but was not used afterwards. Nevertheless, Haaland rates the start in Salzburg positively: “It was good mental training and also good for my development.”
However, the breakthrough came in the following half-year under coach Jesse Marsch. Haaland snapped 28 times in 22 games and finally aroused the interest of the absolute top clubs. Borussia Dortmund was finally awarded the contract in January 2020, where Haaland has been coached by Rose again for a good six months.
However, the left foot is now light years away from being a reserve player. 23 goals in 20 games underline why Haaland is the absolute superstar of the black and yellow.
However, BVB will probably not be able to enjoy Haaland’s goals for much longer. It is very likely that the attacker will leave Dortmund in the summer of 2022. An agreement should allow a farewell for 75 million euros.