“No Dortmund player dreams of leading the table after 29 rounds. Our dream is to lead after 34 rounds,” Bellingham told Bundesliga.com. Dortmund’s English midfielder is taking a 1 point advantage over Bayern before the last 5 rounds. The first Bundesliga title in 11 years is beckoning Dortmund. But the race is still very fierce.
“In my view, things can change quickly this season. Last week we passed. But last week we fell. For Dortmund at the moment, maintaining high concentration is the most important thing. Don’t get too excited or too disappointed. We need a cool head for the last 5 rounds. It’s like five finals,” Bellingham said.
Dortmund flourished at the beginning of 2023 with a streak of 8 consecutive wins in the Bundesliga (10 consecutive wins in all competitions). But then the machine sagged and failed in the Der Klassiker match in round 26, causing them to lose the top spot to Bayern. Dortmund regained their spirits with a victory over Union Berlin (2-1) but stumbled in the trip to Stuttgart (3-3).
Fortunately, Dortmund’s erratic form also has a companion, Bayern. Last round, while coach Edin Terzic’s army beat Frankfurt 4-0, Bayern suddenly fell to their knees at Mainz (1-3). The top of the table belongs to Dortmund (60 points) with 1 point more than the big rival (59 points).
Bellingham believes that footfalls also have a positive effect on Dortmund: “I think Dortmund need games like that (draw with Stuttgart 3-3). We had to be splashed with cold water to wake up. Perhaps we were a bit arrogant and subjective. After the Stuttgart draw, we had to reflect on ourselves. And you know, we immediately regained our momentum with a crunchy victory over Frankfurt (4-0). Honestly, Dortmund could have won even more. They are an excellent opponent but Dortmund is always explosive at home. The fans at Signal Iduna Park are amazing. They make Dortmund a truly formidable team.”
Bellingham ended 11 matches in the Bundesliga with a goal against Frankfurt over the weekend. Since the start of the season, the 19-year-old midfielder has scored five Bundesliga goals and 11 in all competitions, the best of Bellingham’s fledgling career. There is also the revival of Donyel Mallen, who has scored in all of the last 5 rounds, and Karim Adeyemi, who has marked his return from injury with a brace in the match against Frankfurt.
“If you ask them about the first half of the season, surely both Donyell and Karim are disappointed. But they are top players. We also try to help them. When they have the ball at their feet, they are really dangerous because of their speed and aggressiveness. Both Donyell and Karim had regained their confidence. They will be of great help to Dortmund in the final matches of the season,” Bellingham said of the two teammates.
Only 5 rounds left for Jude Bellingham’s ambition to win the Bundesliga for the first time. “It was five finals. The race is fierce to every breath. Right now we are not thinking about Bayern. We only think of Bochum (Dortmund’s opponents this weekend),” the English midfielder affirmed.