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Here's a surprisingly readable google translation about Gio's promotion

Press conferences with Lucien Favre are usually not the most informative. The Swiss rarely gives an insight into his world of thoughts and almost rarely expresses concrete things about personnel issues. On Thursday, the head coach deviated from his usual script when it came to Giovanni Reyna.

"He's not just a candidate, he's definitely in the squad," the instructor said. The 17-year-old offensive player can therefore hope for his professional debut. The son of ex-professional Claudio Reyna, active in Wolfsburg, among others, had been in the squad for the first time in the first half at 5-0 over Fortuna Düsseldorf. He made a good impression at the training camp in Marbella. Favre is said to have raved internally about the American, reports the Bild newspaper.

High praise from Ricken and Zorc

The fact that they hold large pieces on Reyna in Dortmund is not a new finding. Lars Ricken showered him with great praise already in the summer. "Giovanni is one of the outstanding midfield talents of his year," said the BVB junior manager at the time about Sport Bild. Michael Zorc also found words of praise in the press conference before the game against FC Augsburg. "Gio [that's what they call Reyna at BVB, editor's note. Red.] Already made an excellent impression in the summer. That will give new impetus to the entire squad. "
Similar path to Pulisic

When it comes to technology and gaming intelligence, Reyna is considered an outstanding talent for his age. Sports director Zorc also attests to his above-average physicality, thanks to which he should be able to assert himself in a duel with experienced professionals. The comparison with Christian Pulisic, whose career at Borussia Dortmund began similarly to Reyna, is obvious. Today the winger plays at Chelsea FC. Pulisic shows a greater dynamic in his game, his younger compatriot is considered a player with greater strategic skills.

Greater talent than the compatriot?

If you talk to connoisseurs of the scene, it can be heard in surprising frequency and clarity that many observers regard Reyna as a greater talent than Pulisic. The 21-year-old made his BVB debut against FC Ingolstadt on January 30, 2016. It is quite possible that the star of the next American top talent will rise with the black and yellow on Saturday. In any case, it is remarkable that Favre does not cling to his usual reluctance at Reyna.

[Poster's opinion: Gio is Claudio with an eye for goal, physicality and burst. Here's to good health for the boy so that he can maximize his potential]

[Post edited by Quintel at 01/16/2020 3:55PM]

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