In Seville, 19-year-old Jude Bellingham was as soon as once more Borussia Dortmund’s captain (within the absence of Marco Reus) and the aspect’s most necessary issue of their 4-1 win.
That’s all you ever wanted to learn about a participant and his workforce.
For the entire younger Englishman’s dependable brilliance — particularly his lengthy, diagonal, left-footed cross that unlocked the Spaniards’ defence forward of the sixth-minute opener by Raphael Guerreiro and his personal, unbelievable purpose 4 minutes earlier than the break — there’s one thing slightly troublesome a few younger child from Birmingham being completely indispensable to the second wealthiest membership in Germany.
Inconsistent, unfocused, sloppy and meek, BVB have come to symbolize the precise reverse of Bellingham’s attributes, which in flip explains why they’ve appointed him second captain and more and more depend on his all-round high quality and resilience to hold others. As if to show the purpose, he was man of the match on Wednesday evening.
It’s a testomony to him that he not solely thrives on this big duty, however Dortmund wouldn’t be doubting their very own mettle each different week or so, if one or two extra gamers on this aspect had been as reliable. “My workforce should not silly however they have a tendency to overlook issues on a regular basis,” coach Edin Terzic lamented earlier than kick-off.
Having misplaced 3-2 at Cologne, the form of pointless, deeply foolish defeat that BVB supporters have grow to be painfully acquainted with in recent times, Dortmund had been beneath big stress to get a end result on Wednesday evening, with a house sport in opposition to Bayern Munich this weekend looming giant.
They did so, albeit far much less convincingly than the scoreline suggests.