Although Borussia Dortmund put TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their place 3-2 on Saturday, dark clouds hang over the Ruhr metropolis. The reason: BVB striker Erling Haaland had to be replaced, a failure is imminent.
For DFB legend Lothar Matthäus, the fact that Erling Haaland could be missing from BVB once again this season for a longer period of time in the next few weeks is clearly a factor that will weaken Borussia in the long term.
“It is clear that BVB is a completely different team with him. His quality cannot be replaced and if Dortmund wants to stand up to Bayern right to the end, then of course it’s only possible with him. Even if he doesn’t score a goal, he scores gaps in the opponent’s defence, attracts opponents and creates a lot of danger,” says Matthäus in his column at “sky” out.
The extent of the injury is still “speculative” at the moment, but Matthäus sees it as a warning signal that there could be another break in the 2021/22 season: “It would be a shame if he were out longer and it’s a bit unusual that he regularly has problems with his body.”
The break comes in handy for BVB
However, the past can also give BVB hope. The recent injuries would have shown that Haaland hardly needs any warm-up time when he returns to the pitch. “He is and will remain an exceptional player and hopefully his body will not cause him too many problems now and in the near future,” said Matthäus.
For the time being, however, it must first be clarified how serious Haaland’s injury is. A nuclear spin should bring some light into the darkness on Monday. However, the “image” assumes a “longer outage”. In this context, however, it is probably positive for Dortmund that league operations will be suspended next weekend.