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Haller aims to give Terzic headache after hitting hat-trick in Dortmund friendly

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 13 Jan 2023

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Sebastian Haller intends to hand Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic selection issues in the second half of the season after hitting a hat-trick in only his second appearance.

The Ivory Coast international joined the Bundesliga side from Ajax ahead of the season but is yet to feature competitively, having been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Haller has now recovered, making his long-awaited debut on Tuesday in a friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf, and followed that with a superb performance against Basel on Friday with a hat-trick in a dominant 6-0 win.

The 28-year-old is now looking to build upon that when the season resumes, having waited over six months for his chance.

Asked by Sport1 what his objective was for Dortmund, he replied: “Many more goals. I’m expected to score goals, so I’ll do it! I want to help the team. I feel better every day. It’s nice that I’m back.

“I feel naturally tired after these hard sessions, but it’s easier to train with the guys than alone. I want to make it as difficult as possible for the coach. He now has another striker.”

Terzic hailed the performance of his striker after the game, telling reporters: “The penalty was really good for him. The boys were very happy for him. After his experience, everything is easier.”

Sat sixth in the Bundesliga, Dortmund return to league action on January 22 at home against Augsburg.

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