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|Club as Player||Borussia Dortmund|
2019 08 08 Retrieve
[Thomas Delaney, Christian Pulisic’s former team-mate at Borussia Dortmund, believes the American will bring an X-Factor to England following his £58million switch to Stamford Bridge] Yeah, I’m pretty sure he will be a success. He’s got big shoes to fill in terms of Eden Hazard, of course, but as far as I know him, he’s a hungry player with a high level, and it seems like he has the support from the manager and the club, which every player needs. This guy can pull things out of the hat at any time, which is always a great skill to have. I think the Premier League will enjoy him
Christian is an amazing player and he did well for us. He had a difficult last half-year I think, because he’d already signed for Chelsea. We will miss him, because he has that X-factor. I don’t know too many players that can get away from three defenders like him. But we have a wider squad now, with some big quality and the hope now is that we are able to cope when players are out, and still have that quality in the team.
Just the presence alone is something big. I have played against him many times, and his expression is just that of a winner. He wears himself very, very well on the pitch, and that’s contagious, it spreads to the other players. And in terms of his qualities as a footballer, we don’t need to say anything about that. He’s a very good signing for us
When we hit our top level, we play very decent football. But we want to be more stable. The people want to see offensive football, of course, and we enjoy playing that way, but last season we had some problems with keeping clean sheets. We didn’t let in many goals, but if you want to be champions then you have to be very sharp in that department. In that regard, Mats is a big signing
We weren’t happy with what we did in Europe last year. We lost it all in 20 minutes in London, really. We want to take the next step this season and keep competing in the Bundesliga as well, that’s the target. The new players have been very good. Most of them have already played in the Bundesliga before, of course, so they know us and we know them, which is always beneficial. A lot of people know how we want to play football, the style we have, and we have signed some top players. They have all settled in well and we’ve enjoyed welcoming them into the squad. We want to improve. Of course it’s nice to play every game, but we need that competition. We need new energy in the team, new skills, because we want to improve on last season. We did good last season, but not good enough.
2019 09 15 Retrieve
[Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney has played down the impact he had in his side’s 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday] I’m not Messi, I can’t dribble as nicely as he does, so I have to do other things on the pitch. It’s a good performance if I win a lot of duels and play good short passes
[For Delaney, he feels the impressive win over Leverkusen puts the German outfit in a good frame of mind ahead of the Barca showdown] I don’t want to say that Leverkusen are Barcelona, but the game today was a good test for us. Leverkusen are one of the teams in the Bundesliga who play the most beautiful football. We needed a good performance and I think we played well defensively today as well. There have been long periods without the ball, but we have moved very well. That may also be important against Barcelona. We are now feeling confident
[Delaney is also looking forward to locking horns with the four-time European champions in midweek] I played against Barcelona a couple of years ago. At that time we played at home and drew 1-1 - that was not bad
[The victory over Leverkusen was even more important after the shock defeat to relegation candidates Union Berlin just before the international break] We all know that it was disappointing in Berlin. You can not do that often in a season if you want to become the league winners. For that we needed a great performance today. It was really a great day
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Team-mate Thomas Delaney says Jadon Sancho is feeling the pressure of expectations at Borussia Dortmund] Clearly, one of the biggest talents that I’ve played with. With that talent comes a lot of pressure and I think he slowly starts to feel that from the England national team and clubs surrounding him now. Up until this point he’s been a talent performing very well, performing better than what he is expected to do but there was always going to be a next step and that’s going to be interesting. Next step in his career and his development. Only looking at his skills, he definitely has what it takes to become one of the five biggest players in the world. You see big talents go to waste and I would say that he’s already done enough to prove himself. He’s 19 and he’s got the most goal involvement in the league together with Timo Werner and [Robert] Lewandowski which is amazing but he should strive for more.
[Delaney went on to praise Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna, two more youngsters who have made a big impact since arriving at Dortmund] I see a young man [Haaland] that does everything to improve. This guy is annoying sometimes because everything has to be on point with more training and eating better. I think he’s benefited from having people around him, especially his dad, that knows how things work in football. With Erling, I don’t even have to mention the stats. With Gio as well, just coming in, an American kid last year, travelled a lot back and forth and still has his breakthrough to come but he’s a player you can expect more from him because in training he’s on a level