- Champions League quarterfinals
Eight teams remain in the Champions League although no German team has managed to qualify for the next round. Schalke’s loss to Manchester City had to be expected even though the manner in which they lost was devastating. BVB also lost with an overall 0:4 scoreline but they were arguably on par or even better in 90 of the 180 minutes (first half away and at home), Dortmund just didn’t manage to score. Bayern Munich was the most recent team to exit with an 1:3 home loss to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Now eight teams remain in the competition:
Who is now the favorite to win it all and which match-up would you like to see in the next round?
Rumors about a new contract for Lucien Favre have been around for a few weeks now but apparently an extension won’t happen in the near future. Favre’s contract ends after next season and kicker claims that the Swiss coach likely won’t enter the final year of the contract without an extension but Dortmund are not in a hurry to get a deal done.
We probably won’t get any confirmation of a new deal during the season, the club and Favre need to focus on the title race. There will be plenty of time for contract negotiations after the season.
- Axel Witsel injured
Lucien Favre confirmed during the press conference that Axel Witsel sufered a rupture of the muscle fiber and will miss not only the game against Hertha BSC Berlin this Saturday but possibly a few weeks. However Dortmund hope that he will be back after the international break and in time for the match against Bayern Munich.
Daily Buzz: No Bundesliga clubs in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This will certainly spark discussions about 50+1 once again but does the Bundesliga really need big changes or is it just an overreaction an is it due to a bit of bad luck and a down year for the league?