‘You just have to hope he doesn’t have his best day!’ Erling Haaland’s former team-mate Marco Reus admits it will ‘not be easy’ to stop the Man City star as he prepares to line up against the Norwegian for Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus says Borussia Dortmund will have stop former team-mate Erling Haaland ‘as much as possible’ if they are to get a positive result against Manchester City.
Haaland, who scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for the Bundesliga side, will face his former team-mates for the first time since his £51million switch over the summer.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash, the 22-year-old has already scored 12 goals in just eight appearances for the reigning Premier League champions.
Erling Haaland will come up against Marco Reus (centre) and the rest of his former Borussia Dortmund team-mates when the Bundesliga side face Manchester City on Wednesday evening
Haaland has been in electric form since joining Man City, scoring 12 goals in eight appearances
Dortmund captain Reus hopes that Haaland won’t have his ‘best day’ and acknowledges it won’t be easy to stop the Norwegian striker.
As reported by the Guardian, Reus said: ‘It’s simply sensational how he is performing at the moment in Manchester. It helps that his teammates are not the worst.
‘How do you stop him? Good question. It’s not easy to stop him. One of the keys is not to be too late with your decisions, to be good at anticipating what is going to happen.
‘You have to stay close to him to be able to stop him as much as possible for 90 minutes. Then you just have to hope he doesn’t have his best day.’
Haaland was one of the most sought-after strikers in world football following his impressive goal return during his two-and-a-half-year stint at Dortmund.
Marco Reus is aware that Dortmund will need to stop Haaland to improve their chances of getting a positive result from Wednesday night’s Champions League group-stage clash
Manchester City won the race to sign Haaland, and the striker has been in ruthless form since he arrived at the Etihad.
He has already scored ten goals in the Premier League, while also scored a brace in their 3-0 victory against Sevilla on the opening matchday of this year’s Champions League group stage.
Reus is Dortmund’s longest-serving player, having returned to the club of his youth from Borussia Monchengladbach ten years ago.
In that time he has netted 156 goals – 18 behind the club’s all-time record scorer, Alfred Preissler.
Jude Bellingham (pictured) also acknowledged that it will be a difficult task to stop Haaland
Reus’ comments over Haaland were echoed by his current team-mate Jude Bellingham.
‘I’m not really sure to be honest!’ Bellingham said at Dortmund’s pre-match press conference on Tuesday when asked how Haaland can be stopped.
‘We’ll have to find out. He’s a player with a lot of quality and a lot of physical attributes that make him dangerous and like I said it’s not an individual task, it’s something that the team have to deal with collectively.’