FFor all BVB players who were not yet enchanted by the magic of the knockout phase of the Champions League in the hours before the game against the Parisian soccer ensemble for world stars Neymar and Kilian Mbappé, the bus with the team became the famous anthem of this competition received at the stadium. Football professionals always say that the melody of the English composer Tony Britten puts them in a very special mood – and the Borussia were inspired by an adorable football game.
They had to concede a goal, but in the end there was a deserved 2-1 win. Erling Haaland, of course, had scored both goals for the Dortmund team, the Brazilian Neymar for Paris. “These are the moments for which you play football. I didn’t think too much, I enjoyed the moment, ”said Haaland at DAZN. “We want to get ahead, but we still have to improve. I want in finals. ”In the other game of the evening, defending champion Liverpool lost 0-1 at Atlético Madrid.
It was a fast-paced and high-quality football game that finally faded the whole Thomas Tuchel theater and its return to the place where he had worked successfully for two years. The German coach, who had been dismissed in 2017 after differences with the club management at BVB, greeted old acquaintances on the Dortmund bench before the kick-off, shook hands, smiled and joked.
The Dortmund team played with exactly the starting eleven who won 4-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt last Friday and had not allowed a single shot at their own goal. This not only concentrated, but also hard defense from the latest Bundesliga game should once again become a core competence against the world-class attackers from Paris. “We cannot give them a lot of space and we have to be strong defensively, but we also have to concentrate on ourselves,” said Axel Witsel before the game.
But at first there was a downside to all the talk about defending mistakes and lack of stability. When the Dortmunders had the ball, they could see how much they feared mistakes. In the initial phase, the game structure was characterized by great caution. It was worked intensively, but complicated actions were still too imprecise. After 20 minutes, the stadium even cheered because BVB once managed to get the Parisians into trouble with a good press match in their own penalty area. The Dortmund team did not conquer the ball in this situation, but they became more confident.
Previously, there had only been a good chance for Jadon Sancho, who had several options at the end of a counterattack, decided to finish on his own, but missed the goal (11th). In the middle of the first half, Dortmund found more and more interesting rooms for quick counterattacks. So Emre Can had a chance 14 meters in front of the goal, but hesitated too long (21st). The midfielder was very present and also noticed through fouls, but this robustness could turn out to be a significant piece of the puzzle in the overall picture of this season.