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Name Giovanni Reyna
Gender Male
Ethnic American
Job American Footballer
Desc As a young American making a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund, Giovanni Reyna is unsurprisingly being compared with Christian Pulisic. Interestingly, former BVB assistant coach Jorg Heinrich believes that the 17-year-old could be even more talented than the Chelsea winger, while Patrick Vieira sees elements of David Trezeguet’s game in the youngest-ever goalscorer in the DFB-Pokal.

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Club as Player Borussia Dortmund
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Relationship

Father Claudio Reyna

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Gio Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players] He didn’t just open the doors for me but for everyone [in the U.S.]. Because of him, young (U.S.) players have come to Europe to big clubs, looking to take the next steps in their career. He’s the one who has really made that possible. He made us believe we could do this

The most important thing I talked about with my father and my agent was my need to play. Dortmund was the perfect place for me because I knew they gave young players like Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele time on the pitch and a chance to do it. I knew I maybe wasn’t going to be the biggest fish in the pond at Dortmund, compared (to) going to some other Bundesliga clubs. But I was confident enough in myself to know that if I worked hard and trained hard I could make it to the first team and become a regular. I’m on the right path of doing that just now

[The 17-year-old credits Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho for helping him make the leap from the youth squad to the senior team] The young guys like Erling and Jadon are really helpful. Jadon, obviously, because he came [to Dortmund from Manchester City] when he was my age, 16 or 17. He understands the work and the training that has to be put in by a young player to even make the squad, and then hopefully get some starts. He told me, ‘There will be some ups and downs, and even when you think you should be playing but don’t, you have to keep training and do all the things to show the coach that you’re ready.’ We also play similar positions. I can take bits and pieces from what he does and implement them in my game. And I’ll keep working, trying to emulate the same timeline that he’s on right now

I was with players like David Villa, (Andrea) Pirlo and (Frank) Lampard, I was used to it. And now, I would play with Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, (Mats) Hummels, players with similar careers. Legends. I was a bit uptight and wanted to do everything correctly at first. The biggest thing I had to work on was my defensive positioning. Tactically, there’s so much more structure here. In New York, I was playing as a No 10 and could go wherever I wanted, but here in Germany, I learned how to cut down the (passing) angles here, see the link-up there … the coach is very precise like that

With this team and this staff, it’s almost hard not to do well. They have made it so much easier for me to take my chance and help the team score goals and make assists. I will keep learning and hopefully improving

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Dortmund ace Gio Reyna says Schalke derby will be intense with or without fans] I think I speak for the whole team when I say that we’re buzzing to get playing again. I’ve never seen a derby live or played in one so of course, I’ve been really looking forward to this game. They’re a great team but I think if we play the way we can play then we can win. It’s going to be a high-intensity game with or without fans

[Meanwhile, the USA Under-17 international, who hailed Christian Pulisic’s influence for paving the way to the German giants, explained he has learned much over his brief stint at the club thus far] I’ve learned a lot on and off the field. The club has taken great care of me and I’ve made some really good friends so far that have helped me a lot, and I’m really enjoying my time here.

The most important thing for me is to always enjoy playing and have fun because that’s how everybody started playing the game. Always since you were four, five years old, just loving the game. Of course, hard work is needed, but I think just having fun and playing with a smile on your face is the best way to do it.

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Gio Reyna says that Jadon Sancho has made him feel like he belongs with Borussia Dortmund] I think the biggest thing for any young player is to be confident - I’m here because I belong. Those guys told me mistakes happen, even Messi and Ronaldo make mistakes. You make it, then put it behind you and move on. Jadon knows how I felt. He’s been there for me and I could always go to him with stuff if I needed help off the field. There have been some difficult times, and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But all I need to do is keep my head looking forward, eyes on the future and hopefully I can do some more pretty cool stuff. I look up to him because he’s done so many things in a young career, and he’s a great guy. He’s encouraged me, as he sees something in me