Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Schalke player ratings: Brandt plays a blinder

Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund (Photo by MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund (Photo by MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Raphael Guerreiro, Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images) /

Achraf Hakimi – 8/10

Achraf Hakimi was rapid and he really set the tone of the match in the first half. While Dortmund were slow to get off the mark, Hakimi showed little signs of rust. Being a 21-year-old playing in an experienced defence puts you at danger of looking out of place, but Hakimi certainly did not.

He threatened in the first half but he looked defensively solid throughout the match too, making him a standout performer in my opinion

Thomas Delaney – 7/10

Thomas Delaney was involved in the third goal as he won the ball back in the Schalke midfield, starting the counter-attack. This was pretty much indicative of Delaney’s performance. Although he did not set the world alight and he won’t get credit, his job was one of the most important in the Dortmund midfield, as it often is.

Lucien Favre can be happy with the performance of the Danish international, as he may start to get more chances in the starting XI towards the end of the season.

Mahmoud Dahoud – 5/10

A very average performance from Mahmoud Dahoud and even this is a compliment, I feel. The Germany international has been given many opportunities to break into Favre’s starting XI but again, he has failed to make an impression.

Countless wayward passes and giving the ball away in the midfield won’t sit nicely with Favre, and he will soon have more competition in the midfield so I doubt Dahoud has done anything to solidify his position.

Raphael Guerreiro – 9/10

Raphael Guerreiro himself probably didn’t expect to come away from this game but that’s exactly what he did. His first, which was Dortmund’s second, was an excellent across-goal shot that came as an exploitation of a Schalke mistake (no surprise there).

Then, in the second half, he added salt to the wounds by scoring a second and capping off the win for BVB. He played a nice one-two with Haaland and scored with the outside of his left-boot which, in my opinion, was the most impressive goal of the game. Well done, Guerreiro!