“Club started to push me”: Erling Haaland attacks BVB bosses

publishedJan 15, 2022 at 10:07 am

In fact, everything seemed fine. After all, BVB appeared like a title aspirant in the 5-1 win over Freiburg. But the two-time goalscorer Erling Haaland felt little desire for a celebration party.

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Erling Haaland was angry after beating Freiburg.


In an interview with a Norwegian journalist he said: «For the last six months I have decided not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund. But now the club have started pressuring me to make a decision. But all I want is to play football.”


He scored two goals against Freiburg.

He scored two goals against Freiburg.

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  • Dortmund won against Freiburg on Friday evening.

  • An interview by Erling Haaland after the end of the game caused a stir.

  • In it he attacked the BVB bosses.

The joy of Dortmund (with the Swiss Gregor Kobel and Manuel Akanji) about the 5: 1 (3: 0) in the top game against Freiburg quickly evaporated. Even while his teammates were being celebrated by only 750 fans, Erling Haaland proved to be a spoilsport. Angered by the club leadership’s demand that his future be clarified by March, the goalscorer found clear words on Norwegian TV Viaplay Football. “For the past six months I’ve decided not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund. But now the club have started pressuring me to make a decision. But all I want is to play football,” he lamented.

The criticism of the 21-year-old exceptional striker at the approach of the BVB club leadership should further reduce the chance of his whereabouts. “It means that something will happen now,” commented Haaland, who can leave the Bundesliga second for around 78 million francs this summer due to an exit clause despite a contract dated until 2024. When asked when the ideal time for a decision had come, he replied: “Not now because we are in the middle of a difficult phase with many games.”

«Erling is a spontaneous person»

In a first reaction to the explosive statements made by the exceptional striker, BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke asked for understanding for the club’s position. “Erling is a spontaneous person and still a young lad, he’s allowed to do that, that’s no problem. But he also has to have a bit of understanding for our situation. If he wakes up tomorrow, he’ll have it,” he told Funke Mediengruppe.

Watzke believes that the 21-year-old Norwegian’s accusation of being put under pressure is exaggerated: “There are currently no talks or appointments, so I can’t understand it.” The club cannot wait until May, “that will also make sense to him. As a professional, he also has to understand that at some point you will talk about the future. »

Dortmund beats Freiburg

In view of the explosive Haaland statements, the sporting events faded into the background. In the game against the previous surprise team from Freiburg, BVB appeared like a real title aspirant and with the highest win of the season they had reduced the gap to leaders FC Bayern to three points for at least one day. “Before the winter break we talked about two bad games and that the Bundesliga was getting boring. Now we’re down to three points. We want to stay up front, but we were too inconsistent in some games,” commented coach Marco Rose.

On the other hand, SC Freiburg fell well short of their potential this time and proved to be vulnerable, especially on the previously stable defensive line. Christian Streich made no secret of his disappointment: “That was far too little. It’s extremely disappointing that we perform like this on Friday evening,” complained the football teacher, emphasizing: “If we’re not in a really good mood, then of course we have nothing to do with Borussia Dortmund. You saw that today.”

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