Three takeaways from Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven

Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a hard-fought win over PSV Eindhoven, courtesy of goals from Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus.

Borussia Dortmund v PSV Eindhoven: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Borussia Dortmund v PSV Eindhoven: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages
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Borussia Dortmund have made it through to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating PSV Eindhoven 2-0 at the Westfalenstadion, earning a 3-1 win on aggregate. While this win should be celebrated, the overall performance of the Black and Yellows was less than convincing, aside from their blistering start.

The match began in a very positive style with frequent chances for Borussia Dortmund. But it quikly devolved into the familiar sights of heavy defending and poor ball control. And the result could have looked very different with slightly better finishing and composure from the PSV players.

With a very difficult set of matches coming up, let's take a look at three key takeaways from Borussia Dortmund's win over PSV Eindhoven.

Marcel Sabitzer's absence will severely hurt the Borussia Dortmund midfield

Marcel Sabitzer's passing success in the second leg against PSV was over 90%%, and he held the midfield together, even covering for some of Salih Özcan's deficiencies.

In addition, he won most of his duels, both ground and aerial. He is also one of BVB's only players who can consistently pass long balls across the feild. Sabitzer was a vital part of both attack and defence; he's the unsung hero of this win.

The Austrian international has been in excellent form since the turn of the year, and his absence in the next two games - against Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich - will certainly leave a huge gap in the middle of the park for Borussia Dortmund. It will certainly be interesting to see how Edin Terzic decides to replace the impact of Sabitzer.