Borussia Dortmund has & # 39; replacements & # 39; already prepared for Jadon Sancho in the Brazilian youth Antony and Everton, while Chelsea, Real Madrid and Co are planning a move for the English star
- Jadon Sancho, 19, will probably pay a fee from more than £ 100 million this summer
- The English international has been associated with many European heavyweights
- Dortmund has reportedly begun their trial to to replace the young talent
- Brazilian couple Antony, 19 and Everton, 23, are being considered by Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund already have potential substitutes identified for their much-needed Jadon Sancho.
And it seems that Dortmund is resigned to losing their hot prospect because they are said to have begun their search for his replacement.
According to Sport Bild, the Bundesliga -outfit identified Gremio & Everton and Sao Paulo & # 39; s Antony to lead the line along with their new star Erling Braut Haaland.
Everton, 23, was capped 14 times by Brazil and was top scorer at Copa America last summer.
The attacker scored 19 goals for Gremio last season and was previously associated with a move to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Antony, 19, is also on the radar of Dortmund after the pacy winger made an impressive impression start to life in the Brazilian series A.
Other European clubs are reportedly circling in front of it young talent, including Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
Every deal to sign Sancho is likely to be over £ 100 million, and with a number of financial heavyweights fighting for the move, Dortmund could seriously increase their transfer war chest.
The 19-year-old has two and a half years on his deal in Germany, but a move to Real Madrid or England seems the most likely.
Dortmund thinks they can't find a suitable substitute in this window and a summer movement is likely, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona among those fighting for the prodigy.
The PR people at Borussia Dortmund currently turn out to be beating heads against their desk frustrated at Jadon Sancho
A few days ago, the 19-year-old English international committed cardinal social media to a Bundesliga player when he smoothly shared video of a recent trip to Dubai on Instagram.
The quickfire series of clips comes down to a & # 39; What I Did On My Holiday & # 39; essay for the TikTok generation. Sancho jumps off a yacht, feeds giraffes in a zoo and rides a dune buggy. Unfortunately, the video also ends with a photo of him putting salt on a £ 268 gold-plated steak.
Just a year ago the same steak served by famous chef Salt Bae in his restaurant in Dubai, the center of an average tea-cup storm in Germany when it was ordered by Bayern Munich veteran Franck Ribery.
Since then, there has been a golden rule for Bundesliga players: show off your wealth the way you want, just don't eat the ruddy steak.
Sancho is predictably treated with a wave of faux moral indignation in recent days. Bild accused him of ruining his reputation & # 39; while Die Welt sniffed that it was & # 39; difficult for the public & # 39 ;.
All this is of course no more than hot air. Sancho has the right to do whatever he wants with his money, and the German press is endearingly strained about bling impressions. Where they once became hot under the collar about the cars of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now they do that about the vacations of Sancho.
Yet the video also served to emphasize a bitter but inevitable truth for Dortmund.
Sancho is no longer the young student with big eyes who idolized Aubameyang a few years ago. He is now an established star, full of self-confidence and sees a movement back to England.
As the January transfer window progresses, speculation about the future of Sancho has once again overdrive.
He has been repeatedly associated with relocations to Manchester United, Liverpool and former Manchester City club, while Chelsea is said to be preparing a record for a bid of £ 120 million.
Haaland has further wound up the rum mills. With the arrival of the Norwegian there is a new prodigy on the block to challenge the status of Sancho, if not his place in the team.
And then there is the discipline. The Instagram video is the newest in a series of small indiscretions by Sancho this season.
In October, he was omitted from the team for a crucial game against title rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach after his late return from the international break. A month later he was facing Barcelona because he missed a team meeting.
The doommongers have already started drawing parallels with Ousmane Dembele, the French youth whose furious behavior alienated his teammates and accelerated them to £ 100m to Barcelona in 2017.
Yet such comparisons are a kind of unfair. Dembele had been much less impressive for Dortmund after a year than Sancho after three years. The Frenchman also went on strike and destroyed his apartment before leaving Dortmund. Sancho, on the other hand, turned up a few times late and fed a giraffe.
The video with gold steak was undoubtedly badly advised, not least for a player who describes himself on the club website as & # 39 ; just a normal young guy & # 39 ;. It is uncomfortable with Dortmund's increasingly vain attempts to maintain their reputation as a salt club.
However, it is no secret that Dortmund is more stubborn and cynical than their carefully romanticized self-image suggests. With Sancho it has always been a matter of when, instead of or, it will move to one of the richest clubs in Europe. And perhaps more importantly, for how much.
His current contract, which was signed only last summer, will keep him in the club until 2022 and, in accordance with club policy in this area, does not contain a release clause. Dortmund plans to make a significant profit on Sancho, and Chelsea's £ 120 million is perhaps just the starting point of a bidding war.
They are also in a hurry to sell it. Dortmund is currently one of four or five teams with a realistic chance of winning the Bundesliga title this season. They count on a now deadly front three from Sancho, Haaland and Reus to help them with this.
This week, Kicker magazine ranked him as the number one winger this season, ahead of Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry.
There is also no reason to assume that Haaland & # 39; s departure will speed up his departure. The Norwegian is central and if someone leaves to make room for him, it is Paco Alcacer, not Sancho.
Only an offer of Neymaresque proportions would tempt the club to release their English crown jewel. And as for the player himself, Dortmund remains relaxed to the point of complacency.
After the Barcelona incident, sports director Michael Zorc dismissed suggestions that Sancho's bad discipline can be calculated to provoke a January movement.
& # 39; I have no impression of the conversations I have had with him and his agent, & # 39; Zorc told Bild.
That would and will probably change in the summer. There are already rumors that Milder Rashica from Werder Bremen is standing in line as a replacement. By the time the next season starts, Sancho may be back in the Premier League.
But until then, the transfer rumors must be interpreted in the same way as that infamous gold steak. With a pinch of salt.
Jadon Sancho certainly cannot be accused of lack of trust. The English asterisk was directly on Twitter to complain to EA Sports about what he considered a low success score of 77 in the upcoming video game FIFA 20.
When he saw the polite complaint of Sancho had EA collected more than 60,000 likes and replied that a dribble figure of 90 was actually quite decent.
& # 39; I think both can be 90, & # 39; tweeted Sancho back. & # 39; A bit loud & # 39 ;.
Fortunately, the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund ace backs up some & chutzpah with breathtaking performance for his club on a scary regular basis. Otherwise he comes across torrents of criticism in the echo chamber of social media.
Sancho has taken every new challenge in his burgeoning career in his staggering fast steps and now he will feel ready for the next one.
He will be unleashed by Gareth Southgate when England plays Kosovo on Tuesday night in their newest Euro 2020 qualifier in Southampton, and replaces Marcus Rashford in a front three with also Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
And although this is Sancho's eighth English cap, there is a feeling that there is a long-term chance of seizing.
It's a chance to get a place in the English team for the near future and in a season that culminates in a final of the European Championship in Wembley, which is pretty good timing.
Rashfo rd spoke on Saturday for England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria about matching Kane goal-to-goal in practice practice shooting practice. & # 39; If he scores seven, you want to score eight, & # 39; he said.
But given the chance to deliver on the Wembley pitch against the modest opposition at the weekend, Rashford just couldn't find it. Kane, on the other hand, scored a hat trick
Late in that game, Rashford from the Bulgaria defense was played by Ross Barkley, but shot right at goalkeeper Plamen Iliev instead of stroking the ball in the bottom corner.
Southgate decided that Sancho decided to open an opportunity to go against Kosovo.
Although Southgate after his match over Saturday Rashford, Kane and Sterling praised his attacking trio, it is clearly only the last two are guaranteed starters.
There has been a lot between Rashford and Sancho this season. Rashford has two goals for United, Sancho three for Dortmund. Sancho has more assists – four for those from Rashford.
Perhaps it is a perception of how their respective parties are doing. Rashford & # 39; s two goals came in Chelsea's 4-0 opening routine (one was a penalty) but that led to a distressed United-side for a false dawn.
Against opponents d prefer a less open style, such as Crystal Palace and Southampton, Rashford's runs are often stuck in dead ends. His penalty hit the post in the defeat of the palace.
That is not necessarily true – while they defeated reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the Super Cup, with Sancho scoring a scorching goal, they also suffered a miserable defeat against the newly promoted Union Berlin.
Both players finished last season with 13 goals each, although Sancho claimed 10 assists (19 to 9) and certainly seemed to have the better season.
But when Southgate started him in the UEFA Nations League semi-final against Holland in June, Sancho was silent and left after an hour for Jesse Lingard.
England & # 39; s Euro 2020 qualifying scores
March 22 Czech Republic (H) 5-0
25 March Montenegro 5-1
7 September Bulgaria (H) 4-0
10 September Kosovo (H)
October 11 Czech Republic (A)
October 14 Bulgaria (A)
November 14 Montenegro (H)
November 17 Kosovo (A)
Nevertheless, Southgate is right to give him another competitive game to show what he can do and push for a more permanent place.
When Chelsea & # 39; s Callum Hudson-Odoi returns from injury, he must also get a chance, further increasing competition for that attacking berth for Euro 2020.
& # 39; We are very well served in those areas, & # 39; said Southgate satisfied with Mond yes, although really choosing which of the three to play in England & # 39; s opening Euro 2020 game will be a real headache for him.
Although Sancho was irritated by his assessment in the main FIFA simulation, he will certainly be excellent
Growing up in Camberwell, South London, his skills were honored by playing cage football.
As he said this week: & I expressed myself. Nobody cared if you lost the ball, because it was like free style sessions. Everyone is just doing skills against each other – trying to embarrass people, things like that. & # 39;
Although that showboating was coached to him during his teenage years at the Watford academy, we still see a strange glimpse in the road. Sancho beats an opponent with a tap or rear wheel.
But the most important thing fans of England will appreciate is that, like Rashford, he brings a blistering pace and is not afraid to tackle defenders before he cuts in to
Sancho is good on his way to a place in the English team at Euro 2020 and even if he falls back from the team against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria away from home next month, he gets further chances.
It is about continuing exactly what he is already doing for Dortmund and equaling his impressive goal and supporting the return of last season.
He must also ensure that he is not distracted by the inevitable pursuit of him by the Premier League clubs next summer.
Manchester United are the front runners to sign Sancho and will rebuild their interest next summer with Dortmund open for sale with huge profit on the £ 8 million they paid to sign it from Manchester City in 2017.
When that movement happens, the battle between Rashford and Sancho is just beginning.
Borussia Dortmund & Jadon Sancho will not sell in January & # 39 ;, because Chelsea, Manchester United and City Circle hotshot around England
- Borussia Dortmund is determined that Jadon Sancho will not leave this month
- The teenager attracts interest from a large number of top clubs throughout Europe
- England has two and a half years to go contract
Borussia Dortmund are adamant that month no star man Jadon Sancho sells.
The 19-year-old still has two and a half years to go with his deal in Germany but attracts the attention of a large number of European clubs.
A return to England seems likely for the former Manchester City younger, but reports in Germany suggest that there will be no movement in January.
Dortmund thinks they cannot find a suitable replacement in this window and, despite heavy interest, do not want to sanction, claim Sky in Germany
A summer movement remains a real possibility, with Chelsea and Manchester United leading the chase for the English international.
Interestingly high on the continent, also with PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona following the winger.
Sancho left City for Dortmund in 2017 and has grown steadily ever since.
He is crazy and his senior Three Lions debut last year and is now a permanent member on the side of Gareth Southgate.
In 79 appearances for the senior side of Dortmund, 26 goals were scored.
Liverpool & # 39; is NOT interested in Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho & # 39; with Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards enthusiastic Takumi Minamino-fueled signings instead
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and sports director Michael Edwards were delighted with the debut performance of Takumi Minamoto in the FA Cup third-round victory over Everton and it has inspired them to be more careful this month.
The 24-year-old winger produced five goals and six assists in 14 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg this term, and Liverpool took advantage of his relatively low £ 7.25 million release clause to secure his signature.
Liverpool is looking for value in the January window , which means that they have little interest in paying inflated fees to lure Mbappe or Sancho from Paris Saint-Germain or Borussia Dortmund; two clubs with financial muscles.
Moreover, it is assumed that Klopp is satisfied with his productive front three from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and he could not guarantee Mbappe or Sancho a regular starting place.
In The Minamino of Japan, on the other hand, arrived at Anfield without expecting to appear often in the first XI, but he has expressed the desire to work in the team and this has provided a blueprint for Edwards' recruitment policy. .
Klopp is able to form developing players such as Salah and Mane in some of the best in the world, and Edwards is believed to remain faithful to this transfer strategy in 2020.
Borussia Dortmund & # 39; ready to listen to offers for England international Jadon Sancho & # 39; while Manchester United is lurking after the big money transfer from Erling Braut Haaland to the Bundesliga
- Borussia Dortmund shocked football by announcing Erling Haaland on Sunday
- The young striker was linked to Man United after storming 29 targets
- The German side is now ready to let Jadon Sancho go after closing the deal
- Sancho considers Spain but also speaks with Man United, reports say
- Borussia Dortmund and the English star Jadon Sancho is a man in high demand
- Chelsea will fight it out with Manchester United and Liverpool for his signature
- The Blues are working on a deal that would allow them to spend an amount of club-record costs
Borussia Dortmund will listen to offers for English attacker Jadon Sancho after concluding a deal for hotshot ahead of Erling Braut Haaland, according to reports.
The German side shocked the football world after revealing Haaland their new signing on Sunday in a £ 17 million deal, despite the fact that the 19-year-old is associated with a large number of huge clubs, including Manchester United
And now that Dortmund has their husband, they would be willing to say goodbye to another of their young talents, Jadon Sancho, claiming the Times .
The report says the transfer of Haaland rep will have Ercussions at Signal Iduna Park, with Sancho & # 39; s current deal ending in two years and the club knowing that it is in the player's interest to return home to England.
Sancho, who scored 26 goals in 79 games in Germany, has attracted a lot of interest since he moved from City to Germany in 2017 in a bargain of £ 8 million. Chelsea, Manchester United and even the former Man City club would all be interested.
And it is thought that Dortmund overlooks the prospect of losing Sancho for nothing after he has caught him so cheaply. Instead, they may want to cash in to make a healthy profit on a star that has become one of the most wanted players in world football.
Every club that wants to keep Sancho at bay must cough up a lot of money – Dortmund would be chasing more than £ 100m for his services.
Sancho is said to be open to an exit, and while moving to Manchester United, he also likes to interest him in another competition – with well-known suitors in La Liga.
The 19-year-old has made a name for himself since he stormed into the Bundesliga scene because his performances on the field were rewarded with call-ups for the England squad.
But his time in Germany was not without controversies, such as the star, and fell a number of times because he was late for training.
Man United officials kick themselves after missing Haaland, who was seen as an ideal offensive outlet for the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with only the club two out and out strikers in Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood
But it is thought that the Red Devils refused to add a £ 42 million purchase clause to his contract, with super agent Mino Raiola choking them and paving the way for a move to Dortmund.
However, Solskjaer will not miss the missed opportunity if it allows them to dive to Sancho.
As the football season gains momentum and the weeks pass, it is very easy to get carried away in the all-devouring Premier League and the English stars in the struggle for recognition
With the constantly evolving landscape of football attracting more and more players abroad, the progress of the British abroad can often be completely overlooked being seen.
Sportsmail has taken a look around the world to keep track of how stars move farther away …
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga
Jadon Sancho made up for his blister breakthrough season for Borussia Dortmund at the start of this campaign.
From the first seven Bundesliga games of the season, the youngster had six notable assists and three goals.
He also grabbed a goal and an assist in the 2-0 German Super Cup final victory against Bayern Munich.
But there have also been problems for the English international. He was dropped for the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach after he had returned too late from his international job – with manager Lucien Favre referring to a & # 39; disciplinary measure & # 39 ;.
He was also taken away for the break because Dortmund lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich due to poor performance.
But he has since returned to form a blistering style with eight goals in many matches for his club, bringing his score to 14 goals in 29 club and country matches.
with Manchester City, Manchester United and other English toppers chasing him, he may not be in Germany for long.
Ademola Lookman, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga
Everton decided to reduce his losses on the highly regarded Lookman in the summer, who moved back to Leipzig, where he had previously borrowed time, for compensation north of £ 20 million
So far, the 21-year-old has played four games this season and has played the last 11 minutes against Frankfurt in the second game of the season, before playing the last half hour in shock 3 – 1 home defeat against Schalke.
Lookman, who became frustrated with a lack of opportunities on Merseyside, still plays a game of patience.
Reece Oxford, Augsburg, Bundesliga
The enigma of English football, many fans and experts expects to immediately explode into a Premier League star after scoring Mesut Özil from the game as a 16-year-old rookie in 2015.
This summer, the now 21-year-old is permanently committed to German football after a series of loans, signing for Augsburg.
Of the first seven league games, Oxford in six (two draws, three defeats, one win).
The season-opening 5-1 drubbing through Borussia Dortmund saw Oxford moved from central defense to a deeply defending midfielder, where he has since stayed.
He has performed eight times in total and Augsburg is tenth, eight points free from the drop zone.
Marcus Edwards, Victoria or Guimaraes, Portuguese Premier League
After hypeded as the next big thing from the youth lineup Tottenham, Edwards bit the bullet and went to Portugal to expand his game and prove himself on the continent.
The 20-year-old was omitted from the matchday team for the first three games of the season, before he received a replacement 34 minutes on the right wing in the most recent draw against Pacos Ferreira, which ended in a 1-0 victory.
He has gone one to make 13 games and has scored four goals, including three in his last three games.
Daniel Sturridge, Trabzonspor, Turkish Superlig
They were baby steps for a player who was so often plagued by injuries during his stay in Liverpool.
Sturridge made a 20-minute domestic debut against Genclerbirligi, before missing the next game with Achilles care.
Returning with a last minute against Besiktas, Sturridge then hit the back of the net for the first time during a 27-minute cameo against Caykur Rizespor to a 2-1 win.
The former English international has so far been thrown twice in 10 games for Trabzonspor.
Steven Caulker, Alanyaspor, Turkish Superlig
After leaving Dundee in September 2018, Caulker remained without a club until he signed for Alanyaspor in January.
Early statistics indicate a revitalized man. Caulker has an impeccable record with his new club in the Turkish top flight and Alanyaspor is currently sixth in the table.
Caulker started and played a full 90 minutes in the first six games of the season because he new game grabbed four wins and two draws.
The strong form of Caulker has clearly introduced a new level of confidence, with the player himself contacting Scotland coach Steven Reid to explain his interest in playing for the national team for which he is eligible because of his grandmother.
Bobby Duncan, Fiorentina, Serie A
Anyone who has never heard of Bobby Duncan – nephew of football legend Steven Gerrard – soon announced the news of his messy departure from Liverpool .
The 18-year-old was determined to leave Anfield and his boys' club to get the senior team's playing time and to impress the football world.
Duncan wastes the team getting stuck after scoring three goals in four games for the club's academy in the Italian youth competition (spring 1) – including a 30-meter screamer against Rome.
The Liverpudlian still has to be transferred to a senior team call alongside Franck Ribery and Federico Chiesa, but was promoted in England under the 19th team of Paul Simpson.
Kieran Tripper, Atletico Madrid, La Liga
Atletico is seven points at the top of the table behind Barcelona, but Trippier had a solid start to life in Spain.
After a nightmarish season last year, in which he lost his place in England, Trippier went to Spanish football like a duck in the water and regained his Three Lions status.
Bury-born full-back has the full 90 in seven of Atleti & # 39; s opening eight games, with one assist on the board.
M from anager Diego Simeone is said to be satisfied with his offensive position, while the teammate was impressed by his fitness despite arriving late during the season campaign.
Lee Cattermole, VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie
Veteran star Cattermole is not yet ready and is now conducting its trade in the Dutch top flight.
Cattermole spent ten years playing soccer with his local club Sunderland in the summer, and wrote a one-year contract with VVV.
The 31-year-old spent the first two games of the season making late cameos while raising his fitness levels. He was of course booked during his debut, despite playing only 17 minutes.
More recently, Cattermole played nearly the full 90 in each of VVV's previous four league games, in his usual defensive midfield anchor role.
VVV is currently 16th in the Eredivise classification.
Jerome Sinclair, VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie
Former & # 39; wonderkid & # 39; van Liverpool Sinclair is also in the top Dutch season this season, and now plays alongside Cattermole on loan from the Watford tourist office.
Of the 16 league games this season so far, Sinclair has played an impact sub in 10 – without goals.
For a player who was once among the youngest senior player in Liverpool in history, up to 16 years and six days old, Sinclair & # 39; s career still does not succeed as many predicted.
Kemar Roofe, Anderlecht, Belgian Pro League
After taking everything out of the closet to remove Roofe from Leeds in the summer it started encouragingly at Anderlecht.
The club made a scorching start to the campaign under returning hero Vincent Kompany, and Roofe arrived with a niggling ankle injury which meant he missed the first six games.
Making his debut against Waasland-Beveren, Roofe played 85 minutes, but saw no first goal. However, he was booked and then saw yellow again in the next game against RSC Charleroi.
But he then hit the back of the net in a 4-1 win over St. Truiden and achieved an impressive six in 12 so far.
Jason Puncheon, Cyprus
Former Crystal Palace man is still in love with the game on 33, and playing football in Cyprus with Paphos FC.
After having played 90 minutes in each of the five games so far this season, Puncheon proves that he still has his legs. However, the goals still have to follow
Jay Bothroyd, Japan
Do you remember former Cardiff and QPR man Bothroyd? Well, he's still going strong at the age of 37.
Bothroyd, who has represented England at every level, is now trying his hand in J-League football with HC Sapporo on the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
With the season in full swing, he scored eight goals in 18 games, with two assists en route.
Adam Le Fondre, Australia
Journeyman striker Le Fondre still knows where the back of the net is after scoring two goals in the AFC Champions League .
The 32-year-old star in Stockport is now down down with Sydney FC, playing since August 2018.
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Christmas may be just around the corner, but for clubs up and down the country, all eyes look to the transfer window from January .
It is now just over a week before business can be done again, with Premier League managers already working out how to strengthen their squadrons.
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Chelsea & # 39; close to £ 120m Jadon Sancho transfer & # 39; watching Liverpool and Manchester United at his services
The England International, with a rating of £ 120 million, is currently a man in high demand shines in Germany with Dortmund and a return to the Premier League would soon be on the cards can stand.
And according to The Sun Chelsea are now working on a deal where they can pay a club record for one of & # 39; the world's greatest talents.
The Blues have reportedly emerged as the most likely destination for the 19-year-old winger after he indicated that they would equal Dortmund's appreciation for big money.
Chelsea has confirmed the Bundesliga giants that they are willing to find £ 100 million more to sign him.
Over the past year, United has tried to acquire the services of Sancho, but Chelsea seemed to have improved for them in the race to sign him.
Meanwhile, Liverpool – who won their very first FIFA World Cup title on Saturday and – have been put off by the hefty price tag from Dortmund.
After their transfer ban is lifted, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is now desperate to replace Eden Hazard after moving to Real Madrid in the summer.
Lucien Favre, however, wants to keep his star young until the end of the season, especially with the title of the Bundesliga at stake.
But Chelsea could place Sancho's signature in the transfer window in January, before lending him back to Dortmund for the rest of the season.
This was the perfect game to illustrate the new, wide-open Bundesliga title race.
Here, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig served a Christmas classic, and although Dortmund for the most part only seemed like potential champions, Leipzig demonstrated the essential quality of resilience .
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Burki, Zagadou, Hu mmels, Akanji, Brandt, Weigl, Hakimi, Warrior (Schulz 84), Sancho (Piszczek 71) Giant, Hazard
Hitz, Morey, Balerdi, Dahoud, Bruun Larsen, Alcacer, Gotze.
Objectives: Weigl (23), Brandt (34), Sancho (55)
RB LEIPZIG: Gulacsi, Halstenberg, Upamecano, Mukiele, Klostermann, Demme , Laimer, Forsberg (Nkunku 45), Sabitzer (Wedge 70), Werner, Poulsen (Schick 62)
Subs Not used: Haidara, Ilsanker, Lookman, Wolf, Ampadu, Mvogo
Objectives: Werner (47, 53), Schick (78)
Referee: Tobias Stieler
The hosts are dominated in the first half , scored first via Julian Weigl before Julian Brandt doubled their lead with a disgraceful twist and finish.
But from a strong position, Dortmund burned out in the first minutes of the second half with two terrible mistakes allowing rs Timo Werner to bring his season to 23 in 24 games.
Jadon Sancho did not want to be left behind and restored the leadership of Dortmund with his 12th campaign before he was wounded and considerably uncomfortable.
But the last word went to Leipzig and deputy Patrik Schick, who hammered home to keep their pillow on the Bundesliga summit.
In a country that attaches great importance to the traditions and honor of its football clubs, no one gets the blood boiling in the same way as RB Leipzig.
The Red Bull-billed construction – erected in 2009 after the takeover of a fifth grade club – now poses a serious challenge to the Bundesliga title and it was a clear pre-match that did not please the faithful Dortmund .
& # 39; No tolerance towards RB Leipzig & # 39 ;, read a huge banner on the target Fencing at the front of the Yellow Wall. A banner further back was even clearer: & # 39; Go f *** yourself & # 39 ;.
Every early touch by a visiting player was greeted by deafening whistles to try and throw the front runners off their steps
And it is fair to say that it helped. Borussia was a superior long way in the first half and thoroughly earned their lead with two goals during the break.
It was always fascinating to see how Dortmund ran into the intense urgent game that Julian Nagelsmann has excelled in Leipzig.
Initially it was through passing patients and property, usually in their own half, until leaps of space presented themselves upwards.
Another principle of the game plan consisted of sets, where Mats Hummels met two Thorgan Hazard. The first went well wide, but the second was more accurate, saving Peter Gulacsi in a fingertip.
As half progressed, the speedsters of Dortmund began to identify spaces on the flanks and the chances began to flow.
One attack started on the left and was rescued on the right by Achraf Hakimi, who passed on to Brandt and received a stuck passback. Hakimi & # 39; s teenpoke was handled by Gulacsi.
Sancho had initially been silent, but intelligently roamed the game. He burst into the Leipzig box but shot straight at Gulacsi, who parried.
But Dortmund became irresistible with their movement and the breakthrough arrived halfway from a most unexpected source .
There seemed to be little route to goal when Weigl collected the ball at the corner of the Leipzig box on the left. But the room suddenly opened and Weigl aimed with a low shot.
It seemed to bounce a few meters in front of Gulacsi, throw the keeper completely and defeat the nearby post.
It was Weigl & # 39; s first Dortmund goal since 7-0 from Nuremberg back on September 26 last year and, well, he looked just like everyone else afterwards.
The home crowd felt that more was coming and they were provider correct in awe-inspiring way.
Sancho drove into the Leipzig box from the left and arranged about 10 meters from the target to Brandt. What followed was pure instinct and pure class.
Brandt took three touches: the first took the ball under his spell as he spun, the second took him away from the challenge of Dayot Upamecano and the third was a finish over Gulacsi
The sound that greeted the goal was half cheerful, half panting with the fans knowing that they had seen something special.
Leipzig was really poor, but the skin color of the game may have been very different to the reaction of Roman Burki in the standstill time.
He saved with one hand to deny Yussuf Poulsen's header, and then repeated the performance to deny Werner from the resulting corner.
That was the best of Burki, but we saw the worst just a few seconds after the restart. A long kick from Gulacsi was hurled into midfield in the vague direction of Werner.
Burki was in charge of the situation as he ran 40 meters from his line, but his attempt at clearance was slanted to the side of his head and straight back to Werner.
In the form in which the striker finds himself, he would never miss an open goal, not even from a fair way out.
It was exactly what Leipzig needed and the momentum shifted in an instant with Dortmund rattling in defense. Marcel Halstenberg had the ball in the net, but was correctly awarded offside, although the celebrations in Leipzig were not refused much longer.
After Burki rescued up close from Lukas Klostermann, Leipzig was offered a second early Christmas gift in the six-minute space.
Brandt tried he uselessly passed about 35 meters back without bothering to check behind him and managed to play the most in-form striker of the competition free. Werner circled Burki with ease and it was 2-2.
To their honor, Dortmund did not reach out to feel sorry for themselves. Three minutes later, their lead was restored thanks to another moment of magic from Sancho.
Marco Reus was slid along the right side, almost reached the byline before he cut back to Sancho in the box. The English star took one touch to control, one to move it and a third to find the top of the net.
Sancho stumbled shortly afterwards, after another long-busting run in the Leipzig box and it remains to see how long he will be put aside.
It was perhaps once again robbed of Dortmund of momentum and Schick used capital letters. Burki did well to block Nordi Mukiele from close range, but the ball fell on Schick in a crowded area to throw the ball home.