Batshuayi scores 2 to lead Dortmund over Cologne

Feb 04, 2018, 02:18
Batshuayi scores 2 to lead Dortmund over Cologne

In the two days I tried to focus on the game today.

Dortmund required a late victor from another former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle to secure all three points as they climbed up to second in the Bundesliga.

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi last night provided a hilarious response when questioned on his reasoning for joining Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger, returning to Cologne only 61 days after his sacking, gave the 20-year-old Belgium global his first start and the player paid him back when he scored in the 35th minute for the lead.

He could have finished with a hat-trick having put the ball in the net just before the break, but the video assistant referee (VAR) spotted he was offside.

As the race for the Champions League spots is a tight one in the Bundesliga, Dortmund was desperate for the win, and Batshuayi showed he can be an adequate replacement for Aubameyang even though he has to prove his ability in the long run.

Bayern face Mainz away on Saturday, holding a 16-point lead in the Bundesliga, and the Poland striker is on fire with 18 goals in 19 league games.

"He brings a lot from what we need".

However, Batshuayi's goals failed to disguise an erratic team performance as Dortmund's rocky defence twice allowed struggling Cologne to equalise.

Dortmund needed a goal-scorer and after weeks on Chelsea's bench, behind first-choice striker Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi has a starting berth and that will help his bid for a place in the Belgium squad at the World Cup.

As such, when the Blues announced the arrival of Olivier Giroud at the club from London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day this week, it was widely expected that Batshuayi would be moving on, at least temporarily.

We are under no illusions that he actually spoke German but if you were in fact wondering what he said, his interview translates to: "I am very, very happy to be at Borussia Dortmund!". He has that goal instinct and a great goal-scoring record.