Erling Haaland credited Edin Terzic after he scored twice in a 3-2 comeback victory over Sevilla in the Champions League, saying he has been “talking a lot” with the interim Borussia Dortmund coach.
Terzic, who has endured a difficult spell since taking charge in December, enjoyed an improved performance from his players as they cancelled out Suso’s early strike with a goal from Mahmoud Dahoud before a brace from Haaland gave his side a 3-1 lead at half-time.
Luuk de Jong’s late strike ensured Sevilla retain some hope of reaching the quarter-finals as they prepare for the return leg in Dortmund, but Haaland reflected on an improved performance from his team-mates.
“I felt like, I don’t know if you can say it’s down to motivation or passion or whatever, but we were more online today,” Haaland, whose side arrived in Seville having won just one of their previous six matches in LaLiga, told DAZN.
“It was good. It was not good to let in two goals, but it is good to score three away goals and take them with us.
“We had a good plan. Edin has been good and I’ve been talking a lot with him. He said today would be my game and that I would get my chances and I did, so it was an important win.”
With Dortmund in action against Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Haaland added: “We have to recover quickly now. We’ve got a big game ahead this weekend.
“We have to take this positive mindset into that game because we have to win that one as well, but it was really nice to win tonight in Spain.”
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Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui felt his side deserved more from the game, which saw them defeated for the first time in 11 matches in all competitions.
Dahoud’s strike was the first goal Sevilla had conceded in nine matches, and Lopetegui felt Haaland gave the visitors the edge.
“The result is not good,” he told Canal Sur. “But there is one game left and we hold on to that possibility.
“We have not deserved to lose, but in the end they have one of the best players in the world who has made a difference in three situations that we could have avoided.
“It is a very harsh punishment. We deserved the draw.”