Mon, 25 Jan 2021

By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Borussia Dortmund's positive energy continues. The team's upswing might open doors to league championship title this season, their first since 2012.

Not only is Erling Haaland's stunning goal record creating confidence, but so is Jadon Sancho's improving performances.

"I hope we can do it. If we continue on the same track, we can talk about winning the league," the 20-year-old said after the Black and Yellows' 3-0 Champions League group win against underdogs Bruges.

While the Norwegian forward added Champions League goals 15 and 16, the Englishman Sancho talked about regaining confidence.

"To feel the coach's and the team's trust is of great help, as things weren't going so well over the recent weeks," the former Citizens striker commented.

"The Bruges win game gave me courage to catch up soon and return to best shape," he added.

Having amassed nine points from four games, a draw against Lazio next week will secure Borussia's knock out stage participation. Having improved domestically has also raised expectations.

"We can get into a flow if we stay tuned, but we need to preserve that greediness," sports director Sebastian Kehl said, adding: "We need Jadon."

Managing director Michael Zorc is talking about a "big point we made this time".

Coach Lucien Favre said Sancho had to go through difficult times this summer, but he is confident of seeing him get back to the best form.

What in the first place lifted the official's mood was Sancho's upswing. As much as Dortmund might need Haaland's goals, achievements can't be made without Sancho on his highest level.

The gifted youngster not only scored his third goal of the season but also delivered an assist for one of Haaland's two goals.

The 20-year-old attacker became the youngest Champions League player to score 16 goals. He is the 2020/2021 competition's top scorer after four rounds of matches ahead of Juve's Alvaro Morata and United's Marcus Rashford (5).

Haaland outpaced the club legends Stephane Chapuisat, Andreas Moeller, and Lars Ricken, scoring eight Champions League goals in six games.

Next to the striking duo, Jude Bellingham also made a big impression. Goalkeeper Roman Buerki talked about the 17-year-old youngster's contribution to the team's new stability.

"We have added determined characters to our team. They don't pull back but push forward," the Swiss said.

Assumedly going into his last season, easiness seems to have got hold of Favre. Games behind closed doors, delivering the opportunity to be heard by his players, seem to be driving the Swiss coach to new frontiers. The Swiss seems to be enjoying coaching the young side.

The coach substituted the second row in the Bruges game to keep spirits high among his squad but left out emerging star Youssoufa Moukoko.

The 16-year-old became the youngest Bundesliga player last weekend, but now has to wait to set a new mark in the Champions League in the two remaining duels this year.

Although fans seem to have lost faith in Favre as a title winner, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke mentioned that there would be talks about the coach's future in as early as the beginning of 2021.

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