Peter Stöger was filled with reward for Michy Batshuayi after the Belgian worldwide scored a brace on his Borussia Dortmund debut.
The 24-year-old striker put Dortmund into the lead on two events of their journey to the RheinEnergieStadion earlier than André Schürrle scored the decisive aim late within the second-half to safe all three factors in opposition to FC Köln.
Dortmund had been winless in 2018 coming into the sport and regardless of persevering with to point out defensive frailties, Batshuayi’s brace has gone some approach to enhance spirits and start to fill the void left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“That was an extremely vital win,” Stöger advised Eurosport (through bvb.de) “We did not begin the second half of the season optimally, both when it comes to factors or soccer, so a destructive end result tonight would have positively set tongues wagging.
“Luckily, that wasn’t the case and now we’re within the hunt for the European locations. We held agency, it wasn’t a sport for the faint of coronary heart. The victory is sweet for us and clearly, it is a dream debut for Michy, particularly after the weeks of discussions.”
Borussia Dortmund now stay up for their Bundesliga match in opposition to Hamburger SV on the Westfalenstadion subsequent week, with their Europa League marketing campaign, which begins in opposition to Italian facet Atalanta, kicking off simply days later.