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Sebastien Haller deserves UEFA Champions League glory – Dortmund legend Ibrahim Tanko

Former Borussia Dortmund and Ghanaian international Ibrahim Tanko, a key figure in Dortmund’s 1996/97 UEFA Champions League triumph, has shared his insights ahead of this year’s UCL final.

As Dortmund prepares to face Real Madrid, Tanko’s unique perspective as a past champion lends significant weight to his observations.

Speaking exclusively to Footyghana, Tanko reminisced about Dortmund’s historic victory over Juventus in 1997, where he played a crucial role in their successful campaign. The former forward emphasized the parallels between the current squad and the team he was part of, highlighting the mix of youthful talent and experienced leadership that characterizes both eras.

“Dortmund has always been a club that thrives on the energy and passion of its players,” Tanko stated.

“This year’s team reminds me a lot of our squad in ’97. There’s a strong belief in their ability to compete at the highest level, and that spirit can carry them through against formidable opponents like Real Madrid.”

Tanko also expressed his admiration for Sebastian Haller, who has been instrumental in Dortmund’s journey to the final.

Haller, who won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Côte d’Ivoire earlier this year, has brought a winning mentality to the team, which Tanko believes is crucial for their success.

“Sebastian Haller has been phenomenal this season,” Tanko remarked. “His experience and success with Côte d’Ivoire have added a new dimension to Dortmund.

“He deserves to lift the trophy, not just for his performances, but for the leadership he’s shown on and off the pitch.”

In this UCL campaign, he has appeared in three matches and scored just one goal, but his instrumental performances have made a significant difference each time.

With Haller leading the charge, the Black and Yellow faithful will be hoping to see their team replicate the glory of 1997 and bring the coveted UCL trophy back to Signal Iduna Park.

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