In the top game against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday (15:30 clock) Borussia Dortmund probably has to do without Erling Haaland. Once again, Norwegian natural violence is lacking due to BVB. Especially against bigger opponents, the Dortmund quality without Haaland often did not suffice.

Erling Haaland has been bearing the jersey of Borussia Dortmund for almost exactly two years. After his first year in the BVB was largely injury-free, the injuries of the 21-year-old increases in recent months.

Since Haaland’s muscle fiber rupture at the beginning of December 2020, muscular problems occur again and again the Norwegian – as well as against Leverkusen – except battle.

Most recently, rumors were loud that Real Madrid should have removed from a transfer due to his medical records.

Missing quality in important games of BVB

The BVB officers should carefully make sure that they do not pure their superstar (again) too early.

Finally, it is always the thigh that makes Haaland problems. A zwickmühle for Marco Rose and the Medical Department: The coach successfully completed successfully and had either Donyell painting or even U23-Knipser Steffen Tigges storm.

But ultimately, the quality – Haaland achieved incredible 80 goals in 79 competitive games for the BVB – and the tremendous presence of the Norwegian should not be replaced.

Without the Sturmtank, important games were lost this season: in the Bundesliga about the away games in Mönchengladbach on the 6th matchday (0: 1) and in Leipzig on the 11th matchday (1: 2). In the Champions League, the progress in the defeats against Ajax and Lisbon (1: 3 each) was played.

The BVB lacks the killer instinct without Haaland. Crucifixend, three of the four games 2021/22 took place with the fewest degrees without the Norwegian.

The only exception during this period was the game last in Hoffenheim (a total of four shots at the 3: 2 victory), in which Haaland had to hurt from the field after 63 minutes. Matchwinner in this flattering victory was by the way painted, which was directly involved in all hits.

Hopes of BVB rest on Donyell

The hour of the Dutchman could beat again. For 30 million euros, he had come from the PSV Eindhoven in the summer, with the recommendation of 19 ligators and eight templates 2020/21. As a centerout.

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After start-up difficulties in the shadow of Haaland, Malens Form curve showed significantly upwards. Five of his six goals, the 23-year-old scored since the end of November. And he completed his best games as a central striker – mostly when Haaland was missing.

To just that gala presentation in Hoffenheim, when he played on the left next to Haaland. Marco Rose praised paintingly optimistic: “Painting confirms the trend. We are glad that we got him in shape.”

BVB: Patrik Schick as Haaland successor?

In the form there is a one who will storm in the top game against Bayer on Sunday on the other side: Patrik Schick.

With 18 seasons, the Czech in the scorer list is even before Haaland (16) and awakens the interest of several top clubs. As a possible Haaland successor, his name should also be pleased with BVB.

Bayer coach Gerardo Seoane, who knows about Schick’s contract period until 2025, said the “Haaland successor picture” _, _ that you have to worry about work in Leverkusen that the players do not change to a direct league competitor like Dortmund not in To consider. “A big next step” he does not see in BVB for chic.

The Borussia is likely to have felt this remark as a small grading before the summit meeting of the Bayern’s pursuers.

Finally, the BVB won six of the last eight games against the Werkself. And will all want to show that he – even without Haaland – is the clear number two in Germany behind FC Bayern.

Lars Wiedemann