Author: Oliver Trust

BERLIN, July 8 (Xinhua) — Sebastian Haller seems to be enjoying his new role as a figurehead for Borussia Dortmund.

The 28-year-old has become the face of Borussia Dortmund as they hope to end the dominance of national rivals Bayern Munich and secure Champions League success.

The former Ajax forward is expected to be the successor to Norwegian goal-machine Erling Haaland.

– Our goal? He asked with a wink in his eyes and gave an answer that drew applause from the fans and the club’s management.

“We want to get to the top and be the first,” said the French-Ivorian forward.

The club is on its way to great things, he added.

Haller’s confident outlook comes as the Black and Yellows have made an intense effort to improve the quality of their squad since the loss of Haaland to Manchester City.

The striker’s balance for the Dutch side can speak for itself, as 47 goals and 17 assists in 66 games speak for themselves.

New arrivals such as Niklas Sule (Bayern), Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg), Niko Schlotterbeck (Freiburg) and Salih Ozcan (Cologne) should only be the starting point for Dortmund’s optimism.

The club has stepped up efforts to sign German player David Raum from Hoffenheim. The full-back is one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars, ready to meet the highest standards.

Finding success in their first season without Haaland becomes vital for the 2012 German champions as the club have suffered a disappointing run of form in recent years.

New arrivals like Haller are meant to increase the team’s internal competition. With Schloterbeck and Sule taking the defense to a higher level, Dortmund’s front line seems well-prepared to achieve a turnaround.

Haller takes center stage when it comes to high efficiency in the box, as he converted 45 percent of his scoring chances.

The top scorer of the Dutch Championship in the 2021-22 season (21 goals) became the club’s most expensive investment. The loose spending policy goes hand in hand with the club claiming to have signed the best possible coach in Edin Terzic.

The Dortmund-born manager stands for total commitment like no other when it comes to the club’s identity.

The 39-year-old has sparked unprecedented enthusiasm, urging players, officials and fans to remain “hungrier than ever”.

“Let’s be more successful and work harder than ever and celebrate loud and intense like never before.”

Optimism seems to have taken hold of Hans-Joachim Watzke as the club’s CEO predicted that Bayern’s dominance would sooner or later fade away.

“Such things are inevitable because we saw it happen with Paris and Juve,” he said, adding that Bayern were no exception.

The 63-year-old praised the German national league as a well-established league that provides excitement. “The only thing left is to change the team at the top,” he said after Bayern’s 10th consecutive title.

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