Borussia Dortmund’s Adventure in Porto

FC Porto knows how to “come back”

One thing is sure. FC Porto needs “Come-Back-Qualities”. I do not know exactly if there is any Portuguese equivalent for this expression. But FC Porto knows how to come back. That’s for sure. Last weekend they won 3:2 against FC Moreirense. After the first half the guest leaded 1:2 and Porto was able to win this match anyway. During the Klopp era Hans Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc were from time to time visiting the beautiful Estadio do Dragao in Porto to observe former Porto-striker Jackson Martinez (he went from Porto to Atletico Madrid and now plays for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande). “The atmosphere in this stadium is really impressive”, “Aki” Watzke said last week. And who knows better than Borussia Dortmund that an encouraging atmosphere in a home stadium can move mountains.

Thursday's Man of the Match: Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Thursday’s Man of the Match: Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Impressive BVB

The 2:0 victory of Borussia Dortmund against FC Porto last Thursday revealed a few things. The “Schwarzgelben” do have a positive situation with which they travel tosouthwest Europe. The first leg was impressive and it seemed that FC Porto never really had a chance. The goals of Lukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus were well played and the squad of BVB dominated the match almost 90 minutes. But the second leg will (almost 100% sure) be different. Porto implied in the last ten minutes of the Thursday match that they can play football. Now it is sure that they are in the position to act, whilst Borussia Dortmund could react.

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“Papa” Sokratis (center) will be missed in Porto

 

 

 

Borussia Dortmund “always” scores

The mood amongst FC Porto fans is divided. On the one hand they more or less hope that their FC Porto will offer a better match than on Thursday. On the other hand they want to reach the round of 16. It will be very difficult, that is for sure. Although FC Porto’s home performance is quite good – 2 losses, 2 draws and (overall) 11 winners in all competitions – they also know that Borussia Dortmund is always able to score a goal. BVB scored in 18 (of 20 away matches) goals – only in Berlin and Krasnodar the BVB offensive could not hit the net.

Estadio Do Dragao
The beautiful Estadio do Dragao

“Papa” Sokratis will miss the match

There are some important news before the match tomorrow. “Papa” Sokratis will not be part of BVB squad. The muscle injurie of the Leverkusen-match will force him to rest at least three weeks. There are two possibilities to replace the Greek defender. Neven Subotic or Sven Bender, who extended his contract until 2021. The starting squad last Sunday – without Reus, Schmelzer, Weigl, Kagawa – implied that Borussia Dortmund will on Thursday start with the best they have to offer. The atmosphere in Dortmund is good, the defence line (in comparison to the first half of the season) has improved – only 2 goals against in 7 matches – and the whole squad gives coach Thomas Tuchel possibilities to improvise and to adjust exactly to what will come in Estadio do Dragao against FC Porto.

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Dennis Liedschulte

Dennis works as a journalist and author of fictional novels in Germany. He is a regular visitor of the German Bundesliga. He worked for several newspapers and online magazines and reports directly from Germany for bundesligafanatic.com. Follow at @NummerSieben7