Good morning, Fear the Wall!
So, we’re all probably a little upset about last night’s Champions League Match. Now that we’ve had a night to sleep on it and clear our heads, let’s take a look at what needs to happen moving forward to salvage our Champions League season.
As of right now, this is what the Group H table looks like:
In order to make it to the Champions League, Dortmund will need to unseat either Real Madrid or Spurs. Between those two, it’s pretty clear that the best target would be Spurs. Not only are they the weaker side, but BVB still have the opportunity to play them at the Westfalenstadion, and if either of those clubs is going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, it’s the boys from Tottenham.
In order to pass Spurs, BVB need a couple things to happen. First, and most importantly, Dortmund need to beat them on November 21st. That match, however, is match day 6, and Dortmund could very well be out of the race already by that point. In order to be in a position to advance, Dortmund need to beat APOEL twice, and Real Madrid need to take all six points from Real Madrid. If that happens, and Dortmund pick up a point at the Bernabeu, then Dortmund will be in a position to advance with either a win or a draw, which we would expect at the WFS. If Dortmund don’t draw Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, then they will need to win by more than two goals to pass Tottenham on goal difference.
It’s a pretty tough ask, but it’s certainly possible. If they don’t make it, then at the very least they might get the chance to smash Arsenal in the Europa League. I think we would all enjoy that, wouldn’t we?
On to the Links:
- Here’s Bavarian Football Works’ (LINK) Match Preview for their heavyweight battle against Paris Saint-Germain. I’m actually rooting for them, because a) I don’t like PSG, and b) the Bundesliga could really use some redemption in Europe.
- From Deutsche Welle (LINK): Dortmund have no reason to be ashamed in losing to Real Madrid.
- From ESPN FC (LINK): Peter Bosz essentially tipped his cap to Real Madrid, saying it was their quality, and not Dortmund’s defensive lacking, that cost them the points.
Last night there were several other Champions League matches. Did any results stand out to you?