- Champions League results
What just happened? Dortmund had a dominating game in the Champions League, beating arguably the best defense in Europe 4:0. A fun match an definitely the highlight of this Champions League matchday. The win puts Dortmund in a fantastic position with 9 points in group A, Atletico stay at 6 points and Brugge and Monaco only have one point after their 2:2 draw.
However there were also some other interesting results. Napoli got a point in Paris holding PSG to a 2:2. Tuchel’s team even needed 93rd minute heroics from di Maria to get that point. With Liverpool routing Belgrade 4:0, PSG is in danger of missing the knockout rounds entirely sitting in third place one point behind Napoli and two behind Liverpool.
Barcelona are dominating the group of death with their third victory even without Messi. A 2:0 against Inter puts them in a great position to advance. Tottenham on the other hand have some problems to get going in this group. A 2:2 against PSV means both teams have only one point after three games putting both at risk to miss the knockout rounds.
Schalke drew against Galatasaray 0:0 although they were the better team but they could not convert one of their many chances. BVB’s rivals are still in a solid position to get through with 5 points in secnd place of group D, 2 points behind Porto and 1 ahead of Galatasaray.
- Can BVB keep Hakimi
The loan of Achraf Hakimi has been one of Zorc’s best transfers this summer which is saying a lot considering that he also got players like Witsel, Alcacer and Diallo. The fullback who can play on both sides has been fantastic for Dortmund so far but has BVB a chance to keep him longer than just the two-year loan?
It will be difficult to keep him if he continues this way. Dortmund have no option to buy him at the end of the loan, they only possess a “matching-right” which means if Real opt to sell him Dortmund can match any offer. However Real Madrid might not even want to sell him at all. They currently have two right backs with Carvajal and Odriozola so Hakimi would not be needed there but Real could see him as Marcelo’s replacement. It would be great for BVB if they can keep him but at this point it’s hard to imagine Real giving up on him.
Daily Buzz: Should BVB actually be considered a contender for the Champions League title now? Dortmund are in fantastic form right now and some of the big favorites aren’t playing great like Real, Bayern and PSG. No team looks unbeatable up to this point so does Dortmund have a chance?