In the second fixture of Group F in the UEFA Champions League, Borussia Dortmund hosted Spanish Giant FC Barcelona. While Borussia Dortmund were way dangerous than the visitors, the lack of a finishing touch forced the home team to share a point with the Catalans.
Being in the toughest groups in the UEFA Champions League isn’t something new for the BVB fans. In fact, Borussia Dortmund were always facing big teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Juventus in the early stages of the European most prestigious competition. However, it always seemed as if the challenge made the Black and Yellows stronger. For instance, every football fan in the world remembers the UEFA Champions League Final in Wembley in 2013, where Borussia Dortmund were runners up to Archrival Bayern Munich.
Equally dominated first half
The Catalan team is a team known for loving possession and controlling the ball, so is Borussia Dortmund. Despite playing wisely and tactically, you could see that the German giants were competing with Barcelona on who holds more possession. Marco Reus and co were very fast on quick counters while FC Barcelona’s defense was very composed and absorbed the BVB fury.
Although the first half wasn’t action-packed, Borussia Dortmund players missed a couple of very dangerous chances either by making a not so good decision or because Ter Stegen was great.
More missed chances in the second half
As a Borussia Dortmund die-hard fan, I think it’s safe to say that Borussia Dortmund were better in the second half. Unfortunately, being better counts in UFC fights and not in football. Marco Reus missed a penalty and some chances that he always converts. Julian Brandt’s introduction brought a new breath to the midfield, however, it wasn’t enough to seal the deal despite a long-range shot by the German player that hit the crossbar.
At the end of the day, FC Barcelona isn’t a small team and a point isn’t such a bad thing. BVB players put all they had on the game. Man of the match goes to Mats Hummels in my opinion. Let’s see how it goes with Inter Milan and Slavia Praha.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.