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Haaland: Dortmund must match Bayern’s consistency to win Bundesliga title

11:20 BST 29/07/2020
Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund 2019-20
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Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland says that his side have to match the ferocious consistency of Bayern Munich if they are to achieve his goal and win the Bundesliga.

The Norway international striker has proven a roaring success since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January, scoring 13 times and creating three more in just 15 Bundesliga appearances.

But if the individual performance of the 20-year-old was strong, it was not quite matched by his side, who lost four of their last 17 games to finish a distant 13 points behind champions Bayern, who won their eighth title in succession.

While that record is certainly no disgrace, it was not sufficient to offer Hansi Flick’s side a serious challenge – and Haaland recognises that is something that will need to change if the gap is to be successfully bridged.

“We have the quality to become champions but talking alone is not enough,” he told Sport Bild . “Bayern have distinguished themselves by their incredible consistency.

"We have to continue our development in the second half of the season and we want to be even more successful next year.”

Haaland’s individual displays have already earned him talk of a move to an even bigger club – Real Madrid have notably been mentioned, along with Manchester United, who previously had an interest in him – but he has reiterated that he has no interest in departing.

“I have a long-term contract here until 2024. In any case, it is my big goal to win BVB the title and to celebrate fantastic successes with our fans,” he said.

Having a mindset close to that of head coach Lucien Favre will help, he believes.

“We are similar because we are both calm guys, but fully focused on things that can make our team better,” he said.

Knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain at the last-16 stage, Dortmund are currently on their summer break, though the Bundesliga is due to get up and running again in the autumn, with fixtures in the top two tiers of German football slated to get underway from Friday, September 18.