BERLIN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — There is a party mood around the Black and Yellows triggered by the club’s so-called magical triumvirate.
Midfield genius Jude Bellingham, goal monster Erling Haaland and team captain Marco Reus allow the club to ride the wave.
But ahead of the delicate group encounter in the Champions League against Ajax this Tuesday evening, a crucial question remains for coach Marco Rose.
Can Dortmund’s stars make the club this time cross the finish line as winners when it comes to silverware? While fans enjoy their team’s vivid performance, the future of Bellingham and Haaland is said to depend on the club’s achievements this season.
As much as the 18-year-old midfielder and his 21-year-old spearheading teammate deliver the frame for further celebrations, the team’s resilience seems to be on trial.
To challenge national rival Bayern Munich and international competitors, 15 conceived goals in 10 games seem to turn into a burden.
Dortmund’s squad appears like a doubting searcher desperately looking for consistency and a more balanced game dominance.
Repeatedly having to invest energy until the final whistle requires valuable energy the team might miss in the course of a long season.
While managing director Michael Zorc is happy about “the team’s determination to win games,” sports director Sebastian Kehl is demanding a more efficient approach.
“It is apparent, that we can’t give our key performers the required recovery time,” Kehl stated. “Therefore, we need to act smarter to carry a lead over the final meters in a game,” forward Julian Brandt demanded.
Ahead of three stressful weeks, it’s up to coach Rose to find the balance between a suitable recovery programme for cornerstones such as Bellingham, Haaland, Reus and Mats Hummels.
Bellingham’s parents recently drew international attention when calling England’s national coach Gareth Southgate asking for a break for their son. Southgate showed understanding for the appeal and left out the Dortmund leader for the country’s internationals in October.
Rose announced to change his line-up over the upcoming weeks as much as possible but admitted, the club depends on his leading performers. “I know Erling and Jude want to be around every minute, but we must secure their health,” the Borussia coach said.
Regarding the duel in the Netherlands, the Dortmund coach is counting on his strongest starting eleven. Belgian international Axel Witsel is said to return after a stressful journey with his national team.
Rose spoke about a challenge to survive against Ajax. His goal is to dominate the game over 90 minutes.
“We have to stop allowing Ajax to get into a flow. That’s going to be tough but for us it’s about getting all our energy together to achieve success,” the head coach stated.
As it seems, it’s again up to the club’s magic triangle to carry the squad through more stormy waters.