Borussia Dortmund smashed SC Freiburg 4-0 earlier today, much to the relief of BVB fans everywhere. Going into the international break with a winless streak would have been very frustrating, and it’s clear that the fans, management, and the players themselves are relieved to have won in such convincing fashion. After the match, some of the players offered their thoughts to Ruhr Nachrichten.
Marco Reus, who put in a hardworking 70-minute shift in which he helped create the goal that started BVB’s offensive onslaught, was happy with the team’s performance, even in the first 20 minutes when Dortmund were lacking offensively. He also stressed how excited he is to be back in the rhythm of playing regularly, and hopes to be at 100% fitness soon.
We stuck to it, but had problems in the first 20 to 25 minutes. We had a firm grip on the game, but without any compelling scoring opportunities. For me it was good to be back on the pitch and get more into a rhythm... I hope that I will be at 100 percent soon.
Erling Håland is another player who had an excellent game, and was particularly excited that BVB could play in front of fans again.
The fans mean a lot to us. It is good to play in front of them. I also liked my goals, Gio Reyna set them up well. We have to show such performances away from home too.
Håland has been full of praise with Gio Reyna this season. He has taken the young American under his wing recent, with Håland driving the 17-year-old to training and generally making him feel comfortable at the club. The two had great chemistry on the pitch as well, with Reyna setting up both of Håland’s goals. Håland seems very happy with the partnership, and has given Reyna a new nickname:
Finally, Lucien Favre offered his thoughts on the match. By and large he was happy with the performance and didn’t seem too disturbed by the first half an hour, in which BVB struggled to break through Freiburg’s strong defending:
We were patient and didn’t lose our nerve. It was very difficult for the first 20 minutes... but we stayed calm and knew that we would find gaps. “
Overall, BVB’s players seemed satisfied with their performance. Giving the final scoreline, it’s hard to disagree!