In the Bundesliga season opener Borussia Dortmund did not disappoint, with goals from Erling Haaland (2), Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, and Gio Reyna condemning their opponents Eintracht Frankfurt to a tough loss. Die Schwarzgelben were aggressive from the get-go, showing off the results of their time training in the Marco Rose school of high pressing. The players looked overjoyed to be back playing in front of their fans, and created plenty of entertainment for the BVB faithful. Here are today’s top performers; who do you think was best?
Another game, another bag full for the towering Norwegian. With two goals and two assists, Haaland ran rampant, executing a deadly press with the other attackers. Haaland unselfishly teed-up Marco Reus for the opener, then found Thorgan Hazard on the right to bring Dortmund back ahead. He tore through Frankfurt’s defense twice on his own, but the real party piece Haaland showed today was his chemistry in the Dortmund attack. Despite being a powerful finisher, Haaland was tremendously aware today, helping create space for his teammates and playing a major role in the development of the goals.
The captain is on the board! An excellently taken finish from an Erling Haaland layoff opened Marco Reus’ account for the season, and in style. Reus pulled the strings in the press today, showcased by a truly majestic flick to spring his team into the final third. Reus is raring to go this season, and looks eager to find success with his young, fiery teammates.
Despite featuring sparingly in the preseason, Thorgan Hazard was given the chance to carry his Euros form into the new season, and was very impressive against the Eagles. Hazard linked up well with the attack, but also did the dirty work, receiving the ball deep and delivering passes to unlock the opposition defense. Hazard looked comfortable taking up the slack for Felix Passlack, leaving some to wonder how well he might fit in at right wing back... someone should write an article about that.
The American Dream is fit and firing, the final prong of today’s omnipotent attack. It is hard not to highlight each of Dortmund’s front four, given how clinical they were in transition. Each player in the BVB attack was 100% in sync, and Reyna is no exception. His goal came after some ping pong in the Frankfurt box, which allowed the ball to fall kindly to the young American. Still, the goal was a fair reward for his hard work both on and off the ball throughout the match. Gio was taking on opponents, supporting the transition, and always looking to feed in Erling Haaland for the next chance at goal.
Who was best among the best today? Who did we miss? Vote and let us know below!
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