Striker joys and a bad joke (neue-deutschland.de)

Party mood at Borussia Dortmund, hangover mood at RB Leipzig: The mood among the Bundesliga clubs after a groundbreaking evening in the Champions League was very different. While BVB is only one point short of getting into the round of 16 after the renewed Erling-Haaland show in 3-0 (2-0) against FC Brugge, the Leipzig team were at Paris after the unfortunate 0-1 (0-1) St. Germain frustrated by a controversial Neymar penalty. And despite the victory, there was also trouble for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

Sad level

“The penalty was a joke,” said Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann after the final whistle: “The video assistant was probably watching another game. Something like that at the Champions League level, that’s really sad. «Nagelsmann’s frustration was understandable, Leipzig’s chances of reaching the round of 16 have fallen sharply due to the lost direct comparison with the Parisians who are now equal on points. With two wins at Basaksehir Istanbul and against Manchester United, the Bundesliga third could still progress, but Nagelsmann knows: “We now have the worse cards.” That was due to the controversial penalty. In the questionable duel in Marcel Sabitzer’s penalty area against Angel di Maria, the television images could not prove any contact. Neymar accepted the gift and converted the eleventh-minute penalty into an early winner for the hosts.

“That was a clear swallow, there was zero contact,” Nagelsmann ranted. And what did the video assistant actually do? “That’s what we have this authority for. If we don’t use them, then we can get rid of them. Then we’ll just leave the referees alone again, “said the RB coach. After that, despite all the dominance, the Leipzigers lacked punch. Paris curled up and built a victory, which turned the group off for the time being and was supposed to bring Tuchel out of the line of fire. But on Tuesday evening he was again confronted with critical questions about the weak level of play and the relationship of trust – and then his collar burst. “You can ask the question in the locker room, if you have the balls,” the 47-year-old ruled a media representative: “Because the players are dead! They gave everything! «Tuchel was tired of pointing out that many injured people like the German internationals Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer were missing and that returnees like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are still far from their top form.

Fun and joy

This does not apply to Erling Haaland. The record man, wrapped in a warming BVB blanket, laughed and joked exuberantly with his teammates after the final whistle. The Norwegian’s built-in goal guarantee also put those in charge in Dortmund in a good mood. “The fun and the joy can be felt in spite of the dreary conditions,” said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl after the 20-year-old’s double against the Belgian champions. In severe Corona times, there is absolutely no sign of an autumn depression at BVB – on the contrary. In the Champions League, the runner-up would already achieve a draw in the home game against Lazio Rome for the round of 16, in the Bundesliga the second in the table is in close contact with the leaders FC Bayern Munich.

The light-footed Dortmunders do not see the maddening schedule in the coming weeks as a burden, but as an incentive. “We get good results and play good games. Then the ease is there too, “said Kehl, and followed up with a small declaration of war:” We want to start a real run by Christmas. We can achieve a lot. “

Especially with a gem like Haaland. In twelve games in the premier class, the striker has scored a remarkable 16 goals. Not even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo achieved this historic record. Haaland has already scored 17 goals in his 13 competitive appearances this season. “He’s worth gold for us because he can sweep the team away. Every minute he shows that he wants to be successful «, praised sports director Michael Zorc. SID/nd

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