Borussia Dortmund 4 – Schalke 0
The big match as the Bundesliga returned last weekend as the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
BVB, who are trying to pip Bayern to the title, beat their rivals 4-0 in front of an empty Signal Iduna Stadium.
Erling Haaland continued his remarkable start to life at Dortmund breaking the deadlock after 29 minutes. That’s his 12th goal in 13 games.
Raphael Guerreiro fired Borussia 2-up on the stroke of halftime, while Thorgan Hazard added a third minutes after the restart.
Guerreiro – with probably the goal of the game – bagged BVB’s fourth in the 63rd.
Erling Haaland’s post Schalke interview
Much has been made about one of Erling Haaland’s post-match interviews following the Schalke game.
After the match ended, Haaland and the BVB team walked over to the club’s famed Yellow Wall, where the players celebrated their win in front of the empty seats.
This is beautiful 💛
Dortmund players celebrate their 4-0 win over Schalke in front of the famous Yellow Wall. The fans of course aren’t there but that didn’t stop the players from keeping with their tradition. #beINBundesliga pic.twitter.com/8B8RpGPJfO
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) May 16, 2020
When asked about to explain that post-match gesture, the following exchange unfolded:
Haaland: Why not.
Interviewer: Is there a kind of message you’d like to send out?
Interviewer: Would you tell us the message?
Haaland: To my fans.
Interviewer: They’re everything to you and Dortmund?
Haaland: It is.
This club man! 😭💛@ErlingHaaland pays tribute to the Dortmund fans who couldn’t be at the game today.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) May 16, 2020
Backlash: Is Haaland rude?
The tone and shortness of Haaland’s answers has triggered plenty of debate on social media about the footballer’s likeability.
Some, like Sky Sports’ Jacqui Oatley, believe Haaland is missing a great opportunity to communicate with his fans.
Disappointed that so many fans find Haaland’s lack of respect for the interviewers “hilarious”. He gives very brief answers and mutters to the press officer “bad questions”. He’s 19-years-old. It doesn’t do him any favours. https://t.co/jUsbNziJhF
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) May 18, 2020
Piers Morgan has also given his reaction to Haaland’s interview style.
The UK talking-head believes the 19-year-old’s “arrogance with the media is unedifying”.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 18, 2020
However, some reporters are defending Haaland, including former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft.
Fjortoft has shared a longer edit of the Haaland interview from after the Schalke, in which the striker gave far fuller answers to questions.
In addition, Fjortoft has stepped in to bat away criticisms of Haaland’s character.
Apparently Erling Haaland only said 11 words. Please watch the interview and start counting.
Listen to whole interview YES https://t.co/KDEnfVV7Ig
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) May 18, 2020
Glad that this has been put right. Whoever put the butt-end of an otherwise quite standard Haaland interview out on Saturday did him a huge disservice. Ridiculous edit. Downright unprofessional not to make clear it was unrepresentative 🇳🇴 https://t.co/Xe516ckFnS
— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) May 18, 2020
BT Sport’s Bundesliga live streaming figures revealed
The Mirror’s John Cross has delved into the viewing figures of Saturday’s Bundesliga matches on BT Sport in the UK.
According to the Mirror: “BT Sport suffer disappointing Bundesliga viewing figures – beaten by Midsomer Murders”.
The peak figures for the Borussia Dortmund-Schalke game was 652,000.
As for Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach, which was the second game on BT Sport, 192,000 watched that match.
So why did the Mirror conclude that BT Sport’s numbers were poor? John Cross wrote:
(Because BVB vs Schalke) only came in third in the top 20 of non-terrestrial shows on Saturday.
It was behind Most Wanted – Lewis with 886,000 viewers and detective show Midsomer Murders got a peak of 836,000.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) May 18, 2020
Some have hit back quickly at the claims the viewing figures were poor, with the following arguments:
– You can’t compare a cable sports channel to terrestrial TV.
– The figures were higher than many Premier League matches this season.
These figures seem…quite good. Especially as it was one of three BT channels showing Bundesliga. And the comparison to non-subscription channels doesn’t really make sense. Unusual situation obv, but bet it’s more than some PL games have got this seasonhttps://t.co/E5kcHlUBoU
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) May 18, 2020
Comfortably more than plenty of PL games on the same channel, yes.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 18, 2020
Truly bizarre comparison. The only relevant number is what does overseas football usually get on BT. Suspect this is a significant increase on that
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) May 18, 2020
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