Borussia Dortmund missed their big target this season, as Bayern Munich ran away with an eighth consecutive title. However, sporting director Michael Zorc was relieved that his club secured second place against third-place Leipzig on Saturday.
“It was important to show the right reaction after the weak performance against Mainz,” the 57-year-old told BVB press officer Sascha Fligge after the game, adding: “The team clearly showed that they knew what was on the line today. The first 45 minutes were sublime. Erling [Haaland] alone had three opportunities to score before he eventually put the ball in the back of the net.”
BVB set a new club record
The Black and Yellows were deserved winners after 90 minutes. Erling Haaland opened the scoring 30 minutes into the game. The Norwegian was set up by Giovanni Reyna, who grabbed his first Bundesliga start and assist. Haaland sealed the victory by finishing off a counter-attack in stoppage time. BVB set a new club record by scoring 84 goals in one league season. 82 was their previous best set in 2015/16.
Zorc continued: “We let the ball flow and the opponents were chasing shadows. We were very focused, sharp in counter-pressing. In the second half, Leipzig improved but we made the 2-0 with a good counter-attack via Julian Brandt. I’m glad that we could secure the vice-championship on the penultimate matchday.”
Morey impresses in starting debut
Mateu Morey made his starting debut as well for the suspended Achraf Hakimi on the right wing-back position. The 20-year-old Spaniard, who joined Dortmund at the start of the season from FC Barcelona’s under 19, had a rock-solid showing in partnership with Lukasz Piszczek.
“Mateu already had a couple of shorter stints and already provided an assist in Paderborn. He showed a very pleasant starting debut today. He was very secure on the ball, got stuck in, won the ball and overall defensively stable,” the sporting director praised.