Sebastian Haller after joining Borussia Dortmund

Following in the footsteps of the goal-machine Erling Haaland seems to be one of football’s most delicate feats. Borussia Dortmund new arrival Sebastian Haller feels no pressure to replace the 21-year-old Norwegian, who scored 86 goals in 89 matches in a black and yellow shirt.

“Who said I was Haaland’s successor? I joined Borussia, all right. But I didn’t enlist anyone to succeed. I joined the club to help the team achieve success and the club Wanted my experience and skills,” the 28-year-old striker told Xinhua in a recent interview.

“We want to be successful and we want to win the title; that’s the story,” insisted the Cte ​​d’Ivoire international.

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Haller’s signing comes with great expectations as he stands up to a change of strategy at Dortmund. Instead of being exposed to another promising talent, the 2012 German champions decided to take on an experienced footballer.

The two-time Dutch champion said his two years at Eintracht Frankfurt (2017–2019) could help speed things up “as I know more about the Bundesliga and German football today than when I was in the city for the first time”. There was a new baby.”

The son of a Cte d’Ivoire mother and a French father, Haller gathered international experience at a high level in shirts from Ajax. 32 goals in 50 appearances for the Dutch side made him a reliable box-striker.

With Haaland (Manchester City) and Robert Lewandowski (Barca) leaving the Bundesliga, the doors could be open for Haller to crown the German national league’s top scorer.

“I won’t start complaining. Lewandowski is gone. But for starters it doesn’t change things too much for me,” said the 1.90m tall attacker.

Haller said that if things work out well for Dortmund, he is eyeing the scorer crown as any other striker “because you always want to score as many goals as possible.”

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