At Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham is one of the regular players and an irreplaceable part of the starting lineup. The BVB young man talks about his leadership role – and his future.
Despite his age, the young Bellingham Jew is already an absolute leader in Borussia Dortmund. Before the final game of the season against Hertha BSC (Saturday, 15:30 / live on Sky), the 18-year-old talks about the turbulent season, leaving Erling Haaland – and his future.
So says the young man of BVB, Jude Bellingham for …
… BVB turbulent season: “I think this year has been a kind of year of adjustment in terms of the coach and the style he is trying to implement. I have the feeling that some players are used to a different style from previous coaches. We have had a lot of injuries, important players have been injured in the crucial stages of the season and this has confused our team and lineup. But there were also good moments in the league. We made some really good performances, we scored a lot of goals and I think we also gave the fans some very exciting performances. But it is about finding that consistency. If you look at Bayern, they can get five, six, seven wins in a row, while we are struggling to get maybe three wins. So we can learn a lot from what happened this season. “
Departure of BVB striker Erling Haaland: “I told him I was very happy for him to be able to take the next step on his path as a footballer. He is a great player, a great guy. I will miss this the most. He is a really good character. I think City are very lucky to have such a player. And as for our team next season, I think new opportunities will open up. We have exciting arrival in Karim Adeyemi, Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle and I am very excited to see what else the club is building for next season. “I have full confidence in the club.”
… Its development in Borussia Dortmund: “I have my destiny in my hands and I know that if I try hard and trust the people around me, I can move forward. I came from England as a young talent. There was not much pressure. The first season went well. There were also matches where I sat on the bench and sometimes I did not play at all. I think my development this year has meant that I have played a bigger role in every game except two. I am very grateful to Dortmund for the way they have nurtured my talent. I think a lot of the credit goes to the coaching staff and the staff who keep the noise around me. “In this way I can only focus on winning matches, because that’s what I’m here for.”
…. his role as a key player of BVB: “It means a lot to me to take on the role and responsibility I have in this team and in this club. “I said from the day I came here how big the club is and what a joy it is for me to play in this club and take on this responsibility.”
… Bayern dominance: “We have been a bit far from Bayern in recent years. Breaking a ten-year streak would be incredible for Borussia Dortmund and for me personally, and that is why we will attack again next season. Because it would be one of the greatest achievements in Europe to beat the team that has been dominant for so long. “I think it would be great and that should be our goal every year.”
… His future: “The only future I think about is the next game for Dortmund. I look forward to next season. I look forward to it finally starting. “But yes, I will be here next season and I will be ready.”
… his favorite position: “I think I am probably the strongest in one of those formations where I can play as an eight and go a little further into the penalty area and have more influence in the opponent’s goal. But when I play as a six, I also like it. I like to dictate the rhythm. But I feel like I’m a little off when we create opportunities. “I prefer to be a little more involved.”