Sebastien Haller believes that he is still a long way from being at his very best, despite playing a vital role in Borussia Dortmund’s title bid.
Sebastien Haller came up with two decisive goals against FC Augsburg on Saturday to take Borussia Dortmund to within one win of lifting the Bundesliga title for the first time in 11 years. The brace helped the Ivory Coast international take his tally for the season to nine goals, an incredible return considering he missed the first half of the season after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Despite his stunning run of form, Haller does not think he is his very best yet. In an interview with SportBILD, the striker said that he hopes to be much closer to his top form by the start of next season.
"“No, I’m definitely still a long way from one hundred percent. But I’m having a hard time assessing exactly what level I’m at right now. The doctors say it will take about a year to get rid of all the after-effects of the therapy.”“In the summer, I will be able to participate in a complete pre-season again and I can also integrate myself better into the team routines every day. I hope that by the start of the new season I’ll be much closer to my top form.”"
Haller, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Dutch side Ajax last summer, also spoke about their title chances heading into the final matchday of the season. The Black and Yellows hold a two point lead over Bayern Munich going into their clash against Mainz 05 this weekend, and Haller firmly believes in their chances of winning the Bundesliga title.
"“I know that everyone is excited right now, the tension is palpable everywhere. But we have to ignore that. It’s important that we continue to focus on the right things.”“When we were in fifth place after the first half of the season, no one believed we’d win the title. That shows how quickly the situation can change. I firmly believe that we’ll be able pull off the big upset and then get to celebrate something special this week."
Sebastien Haller was also asked if he would consider a move to Bayern Munich, with Thomas Tuchel’s side currently looking to sign a new striker. The 28 year old responded by saying that he has no interest in a move to Bavaria and wants to win the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund.