- International fixtures
Today the international break really begins with the first friendlies and Nations League games to be played.
Germany will take on Russia but with Marco Reus sitting this one out there won’t actually be any BVB players on the Germany team. That’s very different in the England vs USA matchup when Jadon Sancho will play against Christian Pulisic in the battle of BVB’s talented young wingers. In addition Belgium with Axel Witsel will host Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.
Sancho and Nelson (TSG Hoffenheim) have talked about their unusual step to go to the Bundesliga to develop and their friendship even though they play for rivaling clus:
“I’ve got love for him, he’s got love for me,” Sancho told BBC Sport. “We just keep on pushing each other. If I do well on a weekend, I think it pushes him. It motivates both of us. I like seeing Reiss do well and I’m sure he likes seeing me do well, so it’s good.”
One of the most interesting parts of the interview is Sancho’s view of the difference between the Premier League and the Bundesliga when it comes to playing young players:
“If English clubs are not giving you a chance then abroad is always an option,” said winger Sancho. “They’re always open to just seeing your ability and, hopefully, if you’re good enough then you get your chance. That’s how I felt.
”That’s what the Bundesliga is about. They believe in you, they trust you and, even if you’re so young, they wouldn’t get you out here if they didn’t really believe in your ability.
”I’m not saying English clubs don’t believe in your ability, I’m just saying I think they [Bundesliga clubs] look at it earlier than the English clubs will do.”
These rumors are not very surprising at this point and it’s not hard to predict the outcome of this situation next summer. The young American has so far refused to sign a new deal and it’s unlikely it will get done until next summer. Pulisic’s current deal expires in 2020 which means without an extension Dortmund will have to sell him next summer.
The Guradian claims several Premier League clubs are already interested and Chelsea is currently the frontrunner. The winger himself has always been enamored with the Premier League and has reiterated that one day he would like to play there:
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here,” he said. “As you can see, we are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that. Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, then that’s when those things happen.
At this point BVB fans should prepare themselves for an eventual departure of Christian Pulisic and that will likely come as soon as next summer.
Daily Buzz: Which BVB-game has been you favorite so far this season? We have a few good one’s to chose from, BVB’s 4-2 comeback win against Leverkusen, the last minute 4-3 against Augsburg, the 4-0 thrashing of Ateltico or the 3-2 win against Bayern? Or maybe even another game?