Madrid (AP) – BVB in a week that both were asked twice strong. Four days before the national summit against FC Bayern, the Bundesliga leaders today must compete in the European heavyweight Atlético Madrid. And the Spaniards still have an account with Borussia.
GETTING STARTED: BVB leads group A ahead of Atlético (6), AS Monaco (1) and FC Bruges (1) after three matches with an unbeaten nine points. With a victory, Dortmund will be the champion of the premature group. Ideally, round 16 of the knockout is perfect even before kickoff. That will be the case in the series between Bruges and Monaco.
STAFF: Coach Lucien Favre can plan again with offensive players Mario Götze (bronchitis) and Lukasz Piszczek (knee bruises). Instead, the coach must continue without Abdou Diallo, who failed because of an adductor injury. In addition, Shinji Kagawa was not present when leaving for Madrid. There is no space in the squad for Japan. There are 19 field players in total.
REVANCHE: Atlético star Koke has rated 0: 4 two weeks ago in Dortmund as an "accident": "I don't think we have lost 0: 4." Spaniards will be happy to return the favor. BVB sporting director Michael Zorc also believes that: "Madrid will go to the second leg very angry after their defeat in the first leg may be too high."
REVIEWS Only four days after a difficult match in Madrid, Borussia faced the next big challenge. In a league summit against Bayern, Bundesliga leaders can extend the lead in the table to seven points. "If we play well against Atlético, it will be easier against Bayern," BVB midfielder Thomas Delaney said.
Roman Bürki (BVB goalkeeper): "I expect Atlético to be more aggressive after the 0-4 draw than in the first leg, so we will be ready."
Lucien Favre (BVB coach): "Atlético are not used to losing 4-0, which will be a very, very difficult match for us."
Diego Simeone (Atlético coach): "They play spectacular football and Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe, so if they continue, they have a great chance of winning the Bundesliga."
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