Jude Bellingham continued brilliance is keeping Dortmund competitive

Jude Bellingham continued brilliance is keeping Dortmund competitive

In Seville, 19-year-old Jude Bellingham was once again Borussia Dortmund’s captain (in the absence of Marco Reus) and the side’s most important factor in their 4-1 win.

That’s all you ever needed to know about a player and his team.

For all of the young Englishman’s reliable brilliance — especially his long, diagonal, left-footed pass that unlocked the Spaniards’ defence ahead of the sixth-minute opener by Raphael Guerreiro and his own, fantastic goal four minutes before the break — there’s something a little troublesome about a young kid from Birmingham being utterly indispensable to the second wealthiest club in Germany.

Inconsistent, unfocused, sloppy and meek, BVB have come to represent the exact opposite of Bellingham’s attributes, which in turn explains why they’ve appointed him second captain and increasingly rely on his all-round quality and resilience to carry others. It’s a testament to him that he not only thrives on this huge responsibility, but Dortmund wouldn’t be doubting their own mettle every other week or so, if one or two more players in this wide were as dependable. “My team are not stupid but they tend to forget things all the time,” coach Edin Terzic lamented before kick-off.

Having lost 3-2 at 1. FC Koln, the sort of unnecessary, deeply silly defeat that BVB supporters have become painfully familiar with in recent years, Dortmund were under huge pressure to get a result on Wednesday night, with a home game against Bayern Munich this weekend looming large.

They did so, albeit far less convincingly than the scoreline suggests. The home side had 20 attempts, two more than Dortmund, and plenty of excellent opportunities in a wildly open game, forcing seven mostly spectacular saves from Alexander Meyer.

About the Author: Mofazzal Hossen

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