Bellingham and Dortmund criticised by Bild after Chelsea loss

Jude Bellingham ‘didn’t show enough’ for a £100m-valued player, while Sebastien Haller and Salih Ozcan get the second-lowest scores possible in Bild’s withering assessment of Borussia Dortmund’s loss to Chelsea

  • Borussia Dortmund were dumped out of the Champions League by Chelsea
  • German newspaper Bild were unimpressed by their players’ performances
  • England star Jude Bellingham was one of those singled out for criticism  

Borussia Dortmund’s players were savaged by German newspaper Bild after they crashed out of the Champions League to Chelsea.

A goal by Raheem Sterling and a penalty by Kai Havertz either side of half-time overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit and sent Graham Potter’s side into the quarter-finals.

Two Dortmund players – Sebastien Haller and Salih Ozcan – received the second lowest player rating of 5, while England midfielder Jude Bellingham was graded a below-par 4.

Bild’s player ratings system runs from 1-6, with 1 being excellent and 6 being terrible.

Nobody received higher than a 3 in their assessment, with five of the team graded a 4 on a night of disappointment.

Jude Bellingham ‘didn’t show enough’ for a player with a market value of £100million, according the German newspaper Bild after Borussia Dortmund lost to Chelsea

Striker Sebastien Haller received the second-lowest possible grade in their player ratings

Captain Marco Reus was left frustrated after being beaten by Raheem Sterling for the opener

It was a result that ended Dortmund’s excellent run of 10 consecutive victories since German football returned following the World Cup and winter breaks.

Though they led going into the game courtesy of Karim Adeyemi’s goal in the Westfalenstadion, they were second best to a Chelsea side that has struggled for form under Potter.

Sterling made the breakthrough after 43 minutes, after Chelsea had seen several good chances come and go, before the last-16 tie was settled in contentious fashion.

Marius Wolf was penalised for handball from Ben Chilwell’s cross following a VAR review, before Havertz was given a second chance to take his penalty having initially hit the post.

Replays showed four Dortmund players had encroached into the box as Havertz stepped up and the German made no mistake at the second time of asking.

Bild said ‘there was not enough’ of Bellingham, the most expensive player in the Bundesliga with a market value of £100million. They added he ‘always had good approach play, but without end product.’

The England international saw an effort roll agonisingly wide of the post and forced a good save out of Kepa Arrizabalaga late on.

Jude Bellingham missed a good chance to score for Dortmund in a quiet game for him

Raheem Sterling scored Chelsea’s first goal after a spell of intense pressure from the hosts

Kai Havertz netted the winner from the spot after Chelsea had been awarded a penalty

Havertz originally missed the spot-kick, but re-took to score following an encroachment

On striker Haller, Bild said his ‘lack of fitness’ became more and more apparent as the game progressed, with his ‘performance diving more and more.’

Ozcan was described as the ‘destroyer’ of Chelsea’s build-up play initially, ‘but went under in the second half’ and so had to be subbed off in the 64th minute.

Captain Marco Reus also received a grade of 4, with the assessment commenting on how he was left frustrated with Chelsea’s opening goal having lost the one-on-one with Sterling.

Emre Can was one of the better performers, described as a ‘builder and fighter’ who ‘had the midfield under control.’

There was sympathy for Wolf and his ‘disputed’ penalty just after half-time, but the right-back couldn’t provide anything going forward.

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