"Kind of like basketball"

BVB got off to a good start in the Champions League season. Significantly involved: Jude Bellingham, an 18-year-old who has been an integral part of Dortmund’s starting line-up for months.

“He’s unbelievable,” says Erling Haaland of Jude Bellingham himself.

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Watching him receive the ball, dribble and tackle is often a real feast for the eyes. Bellingham has long since arrived in Dortmund. At an age when others have not even achieved the status of talent, the Englishman has long outgrown it.

How unimpressed he was by the shrill, noisy atmosphere in Istanbul, how he first scored the first goal with high technical quality (20th) and just before the break, at least as technically skilled Haaland’s goal (43rd), confirms this.

“He’s three years younger than me, he’s amazing!”

The Norwegian storm tank only found words of praise for its assistant on the “DAZN” microphone: “He’s three years younger than me, that’s crazy. He’s unbelievable!” Said Haaland.

That this performance in the win against Besiktas was no coincidence, shows the last season and also the previous one (kicker grade average: 2.75). And this statistic: Bellingham scored in the quarter-final second leg against Manchester City last season and he also scored at the start of the new CL season. This makes Bellingham the youngest player to score in two consecutive Champions League games at the age of 18 and 78 days – he trumped Kylian Mbappé by seven days.

Still with weaknesses in the back

It cannot be assumed that the teenager will take off. He already seems too grown up, also in his game analysis. “We were just callous,” said Bellingham, who aptly stated: “It went back and forth, a bit like basketball.” In fact, Dortmund continued to reveal weaknesses defensively – but at the front they could rely on their 18-year-old Englishman.

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