Lucien Favre has plenty of critics.
They will all be out howling tonight after Dortmund blew a two goal lead to draw with RB Leipzig.
Fine. Howl away, but credit is due.
I’m not privy to the Dortmund training sessions, but when it comes to Jaden Sancho’s development as a player I suspect it’s more about what Farve doesn’t do.
He doesn’t beat down Jaden. He hasn’t coached the feints or stepovers out of him. It seems like he’s encouraged it.
In what was possibly Dortmund’s biggest match of the season, Farve let Jaden revel in the sheer joy of trying to beat 3 or 4 Leipzig defenders at a time. He let Jaden slot out on the left and play one two’s with Raphaël Guerreiro, even if the pair didn’t combine to go anywhere. And Jaden’s nutmeg on Konrad Laimer must’ve put a smile on Farve’s face, even though he gave the ball away almost immediately after.
For me, Jaden’s style of play reminds of a young Allen Iverson. The rookie year with Philadelphia Iverson. He plays with audacity for audacity’s sake. He’s Dortmund’s answer to all of the Bundesliga’s questions.
Who’s going to try beat three men off the dribble?
Who’s going to play no-look slide rule passes into the 18 yard box?
Who’s going to lift the Meisterschale in spring?