Ggroup summit against Atlético Madrid, league hit against Bayern – the BVB starts with new courage in the week of truth. The expansion of the Bundesliga championship lead on the previous match day has strengthened the belief in one's own abilities. Even a partial success on Tuesday (21.00 clock in F.A.Z. Liveticker for Champions League and DAZN) in Spain could pave the way to the knockout stages of the Champions League and reinforce the thrust for the duel with the Munich four days later. "It will be a nice and important week for us. If we do well against Atlético, it will be easier against Bayern, "said BVB midfielder Thomas Delaney.
Even the startling moment when landing at the airport in the Spanish capital, when the BVB plane had to set off at a height of about 600 meters and therefore only arrived about 30 minutes late, could not dampen the anticipation.
Not only on a national but also on a European stage, Borussia is currently in a great shape. With an unblemished record of nine points, she leads the group A table ahead of Madrid (6), AS Monaco (1) and FC Bruges (1). After the 4-0 home win two weeks ago at home against the Spanish top team are also good chances to win the important in point equality direct comparison with Atlético. With another success not only the qualification for the knockout stage, but also the group victory on the fourth matchday would be perfect.
However, Borussia will be challenged in the new Atlético Stadium Wanda Metropolitano, which boasts 68,000 spectators, and will be unbeaten in its 16th match of the season. In the past 19 home games on European stage, there was only one defeat for Atlético. "Atlético are one of the best teams in Europe for seven, eight years," said BVB coach Lucien Favre, calling his colleague Diego Simeone "one of the best coaches in the world".
In addition, the Champions League finalist of 2014 and 2016 and semi-finalist of 2017 burns in the opinion of Michael Zorc on revenge. "Madrid will be very angry in this second leg, after their defeat in the first leg may have been a bit too high," said the BVB sports director the "Ruhr News". Madrid coach Simeone meanwhile trusts Borussia even the championship title in the Bundesliga. "They play a spectacular football," said the Argentine on Monday night. "Dortmund is one of the best teams in Europe. If they continue, then they have great chances to win the Bundesliga. "
But despite all the concentration on the duel with the Spaniards, the gaze of all those involved is already at least somewhat towards the Bundesliga classics. Finally, the BVB would extend its lead over the archrival from Munich with a victory on already seven points. "I hope we take confidence from Madrid and that nobody gets hurt. Then we can take on the task against Bayern with good chapel and great motivation, "said licensing player Sebastian Kehl.
Coach Favre has, according to their own statements so far only on the edge of the Bayern game: "We have to anticipate course as a coach because of rotation. But I have only Atlético in my head. "To the delight of the Swiss all professionals seem to have survived the hard-fought 1-0 victory at VfL Wolfsburg last Saturday. It can not be ruled out that Mario Götze (bronchitis) and Lukasz Piszczek (knee bruise) can also be used again. Defender Abdou Diallo (adductor strain) was missing at the departure of the team.
BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki hopes for a similarly concentrated performance as in the first leg, as the Borussia came under pressure after the 1-0 lead and only with good luck escaped a balance. "We kept calm and then pinpricks. So we have to do it on Tuesday. "