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The Daily Bee (February 20th, 2020): Julian Brandt might be ready to face Werder Bremen

Plus can the Bundesliga teams continue to win in international tournaments?

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by DeFodi Images via Getty Images
  • Champions League

RB Leipzig was the second Bundesliga team to come away with a win in Europe this week. After BVB’s 2:1 against PSG, RB Leipzig was able to win 1:0 in London against last years finalist Tottenham thanks to a penalty from Timo Werner. While that is a good result for Leipzig it could have been a lot better, Werner and Schick missed a few good chances to drive up the score. Spurs are lucky to come away from this match with only a one-goal deficit.

In the second match of the night Champions League newcomers Atalanta completely dominated Valencia and deservedly won 4:1. A brace from Hateboer and goals from Ilicic and Freuler sealed the victory for Atalanta, Cheryshev’s goal gives Valencia at least a tiny bit of hope for the return leg.

  • Europa League

Today the Europa League will resume as well with several Bundesliga teams.

Last years semifinalists Eintracht Frankfurt host FC Salzburg who impressed in the Champions League this season but have lost Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino in January. VfL Wolfsburg will take on Swedish team Malmö FC and Bayer Leverkusen will likely have the toughest task with FC Porto.

Dortmund fans won’t be allowed to travel to away matches in Hoffenheim until 30th June 2022. The club had been on parole since 2018 and the fans became conspicuous during the 1-2 defeat in December, which resulted in the penalty. There is no official statement from the club yet.

  • Brandt on his way back

Marco Reus and Thomas delaney are still out but it looks like Julian Brandt could be back relatively soon. During the press conference before the match on Saturday against Werder Bremen Lucien Favre hinted at a return from Julian Brandt. The midfielder resumed training and could even make the matchday squad against Bremen.