Dortmund’s young star has revealed that this season’s tight schedule has pushed him to his limits.
Since being integrated intoDortmund
’s senior team,Giovanni Reyna
has established himself as one of the best young talents in European football. The United States international broke the record for the youngest American player to ever play in the Bundesliga which was previously held by former Dortmund playerChristian Pulisic
. The teenage midfielder has played in 42 matches for Dortmund across all competitions and has developed himself as a key player at Signal Iduna Park. However, the 18-year-old has revealed that this season’s tight schedule has exhausted him both in terms of fitness and mentality.
“It’s been a crazy season. I’ve never been so mentally and physically exhausted as I was after the Union [Berlin] game [on December 18],"
the Dortmund starlet told
"And then there was also the game in the cup in Braunschweig, after that I was completely exhausted.
"I really needed a break, but in the end, it was only four days off over Christmas.”
Dortmund was held to a 1-1 draw againstMainz
on Saturday, But Reyna has expressed his optimism about the remainder of the season before this match.
“It feels like we’ve just gained new energy, new confidence, and there are new ideas that the team has started to embrace," he said. "You can see that we are getting better every day.
"The style we play now suits our team very well. We want to stay in the title race, so we have to win these games.
"We know that if we use all the talent we have in us as a team, then we can compete against any opponent and beat them too.”
Asked aboutErling Haaland
’s injury and it’s influence on Dortmund’s firepower, Reyna responded:
“For us attacking players, it’s great to play with a striker like Erling. During the time he was injured, we missed him a lot – you only have to look at his statistics and numbers.
"He’s an outstanding player."