Good morning, Fear the Wall.
First things first, I’d like to apologize for not getting out the Daily Bee yesterday. There was some miscommunication about who was going to take it, so unfortunately none of us wrote anything up. I hope you guys were able to manage 24 hours without it. Anyway, on to the stories:
Erling Haaland Sleeps Alone
In what I can only describe as the most cringe-inducing interview of all time, Erling Haaland spoke to a reporter following Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 victory against Club Brugge. The reporter, who I assume has at one point in his life received some level of professional journalistic training, asked Haaland the following questions sequentially, which I will now paraphrase:
- You, a football player, scored two goals with your foot. Please comment. (Oof)
- How did BVB prepare for today’s match (not bad, we’re recovering)
- This is the sixth goal you’ve scored against a Belgian team. Please comment. (Double Oof)
- Are you going to sleep lonely tonight...
Say what now?
You’d be forgiven for first thinking that the reporter was attempting to slide into the DMs, so to speak, but I don’t think that’s the case. Apparently the joke the reporter was going for was that Haaland only scored two goals and not three, therefore he didn’t get the match ball, which I guess means he would have to sleep alone, because Haaland always sleeps with soccer balls... or something.
The cringe factor on this Erling Haaland post-match interview is pic.twitter.com/TeScjxzUMX— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) November 5, 2020
To his credit, Haaland actually handled the interview fairly well. He gets knocked sometimes for being overly blunt in interviews, but in this one at least he did the best that he could with what were frankly four awful questions.
Real Madrid Unhappy with Reinier’s Lack of Playing Time
Reinier Jesus was one of the biggest wild cards heading into the season. The supremely talented Brazilian youngster arrived from Real Madrid as a relative unknown. Other than a few brilliant flashes in training videos posted to BVB’s social media and a few ~10 minute cameos, we still really haven’t seen much of Reinier. Especially with the condensed schedule, I’d like to see him receive more minutes. As it turns out, Real Madrid feel the same way.
According to AS, when Real Madrid loaned Reinier to BVB, they did so with the expectation that he would receive decent playing time. This was an understandable transaction, as Borussia Dortmund have a reputation for helping youngsters to develop. Unfortunately for Reinier, he’s had a tough time breaking into the squad behind talented players like Jadon Sancho and Gio Reyna. If he doesn’t start to get more minutes, there’s a chance that Real Madrid may choose to cancel the loan agreement.
Reinier hasn’t exactly lit up the Westfalenstadion, but he arguably hasn’t been given a proper chance yet. He hasn’t played 30 minutes in a single match yet, and has only played 56 minutes in total across the Bundesliga and Champions League. I obviously don’t think he should start against Bayern tomorrow, but he should absolutely see serious minutes at least in the DFB Cup and against lesser opponents in the Bundesliga. Doing so will not only help his development but allow BVB’s other key players to rest more often.
The Daily Buzz
I feel like there’s only one logical question to ask... are you going to sleep lonely tonight?
I’m kidding. Please don’t answer that. Let’s hear some lineup predictions for tomorrow’s match against Bayern!