Jude Bellingham admits he’s ‘not really sure’ how to stop his former team-mate Erling Haaland as Borussia Dortmund prepare for Manchester City… with the midfielder calling on his side to ‘stay together’ to try and get the free score to contain Norwegian attacker
- Erling Haaland will play against his former club Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday
- He has had a stunning start at Man City, scoring 12 goals in seven games
- Jude Bellingham has admitted it will be difficult for Haaland . to stop
- He thinks Dortmund’s best chance is to work as a team to keep Haaland quiet
Jude Bellingham has admitted that Borussia Dortmund will have to retire Erling Haaland as a team rather than individually after his flying start at Manchester City.
Haaland joined from Dortmund in July for £51 million and has taken very little time to settle in, scoring 12 goals in seven appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side.
He scored a goal in City’s Champions League opener last week as Sevilla became the last team to fail to hold him in check, and Haaland now faces his former club for the first time since leaving them.
Jude Bellingham has admitted it will be difficult for Borussia Dortmund over Erling Haaland . to stop
Haaland has scored 12 goals in seven appearances for Manchester City this season
Bellingham knows Haaland well having spent two years with him at Dortmund, but has admitted he is “not really sure” how to keep the Norwegian forward out of the game. He has called on Dortmund to work together to try to limit Haaland’s influence at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
“I’m not really sure to be honest!” Bellingham said during Dortmund’s pre-match press conference on Tuesday when asked how Haaland can be stopped.
‘We’ll have to know that tomorrow.
“He’s a player with a lot of quality and a lot of physical attributes that make him dangerous and as I said, it’s not an individual task, it’s something the team has to deal with collectively.
Bellingham previously played with Haaland, and thinks Dortmund should ‘stay together’ to try and keep him quiet in the game
“If we stick together and try to do the right things without the ball, then it could be possible.”
Dortmund started their Champions League campaign perfectly when they beat Copenhagen 3-0 last Tuesday, with Bellingham scoring the final goal and sealing a comprehensive victory.
However, they were beaten by the same deficit when they traveled to RB Leipzig on Saturday, finishing fifth in the Bundesliga, two points behind surprise league-leader Union Berlin.
They now hope to strike back against City, who dumped them from the Champions League in the 2020/21 quarter-finals.