Delaney plays down own impact
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney has sought to downplay his own involvement in their 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
The Danish midfielder starred in their win which took them up to second in the table, just a point behind RB Leipzig.
Two goals from Marco Reus plus strikes from Paco Alcacer and Raphael Guerriero saw Lucien Favre’s side lay down a big marker for a potential title tilt.
It also gave them momentum ahead of their midweek clash with Barcelona at home in the Champions League.
The game at the Signal Iduna Park was just the second start of the season for Delaney and the first time he completed 90 minutes.
Despite impressing many with his performance, Delaney was quick to play down his own involvement and says he was there to do the basics.
“I’m not Messi, I can’t dribble as nicely as he does, so I have to do other things on the pitch,” Delaney said. “It’s a good performance if I win a lot of duels and play good short passes.”
He also says their state of mind will now be in a very good place following the win, looking ahead to the Barcelona test.
“I don’t want to say that Leverkusen are Barcelona, but the game today was a good test for us,” he added. “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.”