Jadon Sancho is slowly but surely getting back to his old form at Borussia Dortmund. His good performance in the Champions League duel with Club Brugge, crowned by a free-kick goal, was a first exclamation point for all critics. One who had a share in the BVB attacker’s performance improvement was Mats Hummels, as it turned out afterwards.
“I always try to convey the message to the guys that they can radiate a lot”, Hummels is quoted in the “kicker”. “It’s a sign to everyone when an artist works. Then the spark jumps over to everyone else,” added the defender, who had apparently made sure with his words that Sancho worked a lot against the ball and in the game seemed even more committed than usual.
“This time Jadon was rewarded for the effort he showed. That was very important for the guys who are so good,” said Hummels. Sancho received a grade of 1.5 from sport.de.
Sancho himself showed his gratitude after the 3-0 win over the Belgians. “I’m happy to have a coach and a team who believe in me. I’ve had a tough time lately. But it’s about how I get back from it.”
Kehl praises the courage of BVB star Sancho
It was no coincidence that he laid the foundation for success with his free kick that made it 2-0 shortly before the break. “I’ve been practicing my free kicks recently and I’m happy that it paid off against Bruges,” said Sancho after his artful shot into the corner.
Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensed player department at BVB, was pleased with the courage of the highly talented Briton. “We have some good free-kickers,” he told the kicker, but Sancho “took the ball with confidence”.
An important goal for the black and yellow, which at the same time equalized a brand from 2019/2020: After 14 competitive games, Dortmund now have twelve standard goals on the credit side. This means that every third of the total of 36 goals was created from a ball at rest.