Back-to-back defeats for BVB
After back-to-back defeats in the Champions League, Dortmund are looking at a very realistic possibility that they will not make it out of the Group Stage this season.
Between the defending champions, the EPL runners-up and APOEL from Cyprus, Dortmund was quite realistically in the group of death, so to speak. At the start of the season, one would have expected Tottenham to be the one that took the fall. However, the London-side caused an upset by beating the Germans in a 3-1 home win.
Peter Bosz cannot be blamed for the lack of star-power–an absurd amount of talent is yet to become available. However, with Madrid and Tottenham taking away all 6 points from 2 fixtures, leaves little to no cards in the hands of Dortmund.
The Germans are due to face APOEL after the international break, while They are yet to go to the Santiago Bernabeu. There is a chance for DOrtmund to collect 12 points realistically (APOEL A, APOEL H, Tottenham H); Dortmund are certainly not taking away any points from their visit to the Spanish capital.
Will Dortmund make it?
The situation is rather tricky. While APOEL is expected to drop all possible points from their six games, Tottenham has a realistic chance of causing an upset when they face Real Madrid. The form of Harry Kane, and some poor results from Zinedine Zidane’s men leaves a small gap for the London-side to exploit.
Madrid and Tottenham have both faced APOEL and Dortmund which means that their next big fixtures will be against each other. The only way that Dortmund stands a chance of making a come-back in the group is if Madrid somehow beats Tottenham at home and away, while Dortmund over-performs and manages to win one against Madrid.
It’s going to be a tough ride for Dortmund if they are to get out of the Group Stage, but they don’t hold the cards anymore; their fate is no longer in their hands.