Midfield maestro Axel Witsel claims Borussia Dortmund are the greatest club he has at any time played for – but admits he’s amazed by how quickly his new team have gelled.
Witsel, 29, has been in fantastic form considering the fact that linking up with the Bundesliga leaders following an 18-month spell in China.
The Belgium international has won league titles with Conventional Liege and Zenit St. Petersburg in the previous – as effectively as actively playing for Portuguese giants Benfica – but he claims that Dortmund is the most extraordinary club team he has been an element of.
“In my profession, yeah, since it’s the very first time, for me, I’m in the major amount,” he explained to bundesliga.com.
“I do not necessarily mean only BVB but also the Bundesliga. So I consider, yeah, with the Belgium team and Dortmund – it’s the greatest one particular.”
Witsel arrived at Dortmund after a wonderful summertime with Belgium, who finished 3rd at this year’s FIFA World Cup after falling narrowly to eventual champions France in the semi-finals.
Any suggestion that the Liege native could experience a post-World Cup hangover was quickly dispelled. He arrived off the bench to rescue Lucien Favre’s aspect in the DFB Cup on his club debut against Greuther Fürth, prior to scoring on his Bundesliga bow in a 4-1 win around RB Leipzig.
Earlier this month the classy central midfielder even received his very first UEFA Champions League goal for the club when Dortmund taken care of their unbeaten start off to the season with an eye-catching 4- success against Atletico Madrid.
“It was a significant problem to appear listed here, for me, but I knew I had the high quality to play listed here,” he mentioned. “If not I would decide or else – stay in China or I do not know.
“But I’m seriously satisfied. I didn’t count on for the team to play like this since we have a large amount of seriously youthful players and a large amount of new players also. Normally this usually takes a lot more time than what we’re carrying out now, but it’s excellent for us.”
Witsel thinks Dortmund really should be happy with how they “played smart” against Atletico, despite the fact that he claims they strategy to impose their fashion on whoever they appear up against.
Favre’s team have been ruthless this season – scoring 29 goals in nine Bundesliga matches – but their new midfielder is not capable to put his finger on just why they have been so medical.
“I seriously do not know,” he mentioned. “It’s not an accident since if it’s an accident it happens only one particular time in one particular game. But you know with our fashion of play, we have seriously proficient players. Every person, technically, is seriously excellent.
“Sometimes we choose a large amount of threats – from the goalkeeper also – but that is our fashion of play. Like I’ve mentioned prior to, we will not adjust it against everyone.”
Even though Witsel has added muscle and craft in midfield, it also assists to have proficient attackers – and Dortmund are not limited in that department. Captain Marco Reus has led by instance, new signing Paco Alcacer just cannot quit scoring, and youngsters Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen have all made critical contributions.
“Offensively we are seriously potent,” Witsel mentioned. “We have players who can make the distinction.
“Marco, Christian, Jadon – Jacob also. So, offensively we are carrying out seriously excellent. Even if we are getting rid of one particular or 2-, we will give anything to score a lot more than the opponent.“
The other teams in the Bundesliga – and the rest of Europe – have been warned.