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The Daily Bee (February 5th, 2021): Raphael Guerreiro Happy at Borussia Dortmund, and Champions League Drama

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The Portuguese Winger might make it a career with Borussia Dortmund.

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Good morning everyone!

Raphael Guerreiro is awesome. I’ve been very slowly writing an article for weeks about how good he is, even compared to the best left backs in the world. I’ve feared for a long time that some other big club in Europe would come to their senses and realize how good Guerreiro is, and that he would eventually be poached away. While this still may happen one day, Guerreiro himself indicated earlier today that he is quite happy in Dortmund and could see himself staying for a long time.

According to an interview he did with Ruhr Nachrichten, Raphael Guerreiro is content with his current position in Dortmund, He claims that he doesn’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight and is fine not giving many interviews or being discussed frequently on social media.

Not being in the spotlight is not a problem for me. I like to be more reserved and if nobody talks about me, that’s okay.

If you happen to follow Raphael Guerreiro on Twitter, you’d know that he mostly retweets highlight compilations of himself, so I don’t exactly buy the idea that he doesn’t enjoy being in the spotlight now and again. Either way, he’s undoubtedly one of the more reserved players on Borussia Dortmund, and he tends to fly under the radar on social media.

In his interview, Guerreiro was asked whether he’d be interested in staying in Dortmund long-term, and this is what he had to say:

I enjoy the Bundesliga and that’s why I don’t want to leave. I am happy with my time here in Dortmund and hope to stay for many more years. “

I enjoy the Bundesliga and that’s why I don’t want to leave. I am happy with my time here in Dortmund and hope to stay for many more years.

At only 27, Guerreiro still has plenty of years left in him, so he could establish himself as a BVB legend if he stays long enough, and if Borussia are able to build a winning team around him.

Champions League Drama

RB Leipzig and Liverpool were set to face off in the Champions League Round of 16 in the coming weeks, but the COVID-19 epidemic may put a halt to this matchup. Because of the new strain of COVID that emerged in the United Kingdom, the German government has refused Liverpool entry into Germany to play RB Leipzig’s home leg.

UEFA’s rules on this situation dictate that RB Leizpig are responsible for finding a venue in a neutral country that can host the match. If they are unable to do so, then UEFA will consider it a forfeit and Leipzig will lose the home leg 3-0.

One venue that has been proposed is Salzburg, home of RB Salzburg, another member of the Red Bull Sporting Group. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds. RB Salzburg will play Villareal in the Europa League two days after the scheduled match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig, which means the stadium crew would have to quickly renovate the decorations associated with each competition. Another option would be to simply postpone the matches, as UEFA has ruled that they only need to be played by April 2nd, the start of the quarterfinals.

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