Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Bundesliga Clubs - Champions League Matchday 5
Leverkusen's fate is in its own hands, a draw between Chelsea and Valencia would move both teams ahead of Leverkusen by goal for goal against difference. While Leverkusen can move on with a tie, a win against Genk is the best scenario.
Dortmund, although doing extremely well in the Bundesliga, has found out that the Champions League is not the Bundesliga. Besides putting extra pressure on the club, the win over Bayern Munich on the weekend seems to have taken its toll on the young team. Early in the match against Arsenal both Goetze and Bender had to be substituted due to injuries. Taking two key players out of the team also took its toll. This is not to take anything away from the Gunners, who put on a superb performance in the Emirates. Arsenal were able to do what Munich couldn't last Saturday, they penetrated Dortmund's defence. My hat is off to the Gunners.
With Dortmund's Champions League Adventure over, the team can now concentrate all their efforts on the Bundesliga. Several of Dortmund's players play with the national side. Goetze, Bender, Hummels will continue to see international play. If there present performance in the Bundesliga continues, they will have another go at the Champions League next year, with a little more experience.
Bayern Muenchen and hopefully Leverkusen will continue to represent the Bundesliga in the Champoions League. The rubber will hit the road with the knock out round.