One of the most iconic and memorable UEFA Champions League matches in recent memory was the first leg of the 2013 semifinal game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Under the leadership of Jürgen Klopp the German side shocked the football world by thumping Jose Mourinho’s Madrid 4-1, a day after fellow Bundesliga club Bayern have beaten Barcelona 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.
The scoreline was not the only astonishing thing about the win. The manner in which BVB controlled the game and made the star-studded record UCL champions look ordinary was stunning. And with the German and Spanish clubs meeting Tuesday in Group F action (kickoff at 2:45 pm EDT, FS1 in USA), it’s timely and interesting to look back at that BvB club that played so supremely against such a legendary guest.
Since then BVB had very few similar nights at the Signal Iduna Park.although despite coping with a continuous departures of star players, are doing exceptionally well under Thomas Tuchel. You get the feeling that those magical nights in Dortmund are soon to be witnessed again.
In this piece we will take a look at what happened to the squad which produced that magical night four seasons ago.
The veteran goalkeeper, who was the club’s number 1 for over a decade, was pivotal to his team’s success. Despite his long-term comittment to BVB, gradual loss of form has seen him dropped to the bench while Roman Bürki looks to be the safe pair of hands Tuchel depends on. This season Weidenfeller will only be playing in the DFB Pokal.
The Polish right back is also still playing at BVB. A reliable defender he remains an important member of Tuchel’s team. He goes into Tuesday’s at the back with two goals in BvB’s last two matches. However the rise of youngster Felix Passlack offers interesting competition for his spot.
Subotic has always been Klopp’s first choice CB but wasn’t able to cement his position under Tuchel due to recurrent injuries and a dip in form. The Serbian was close to joining EPL side Middlesbrough in the summer but his move fell through after he failed his medical. He’s now recovering after undergoing surgery on his chest.
How times have changed?! Mats Julian Hummels — BvB captain, fan favorite and a world-class defender is now playing… you’re right… for Bayern Munich. He took everyone by surprise when he handed in a transfer request back in April for a return to his childhood club. On the bright side for BVB his replacement Marc Bartra hasn’t disappointed at all.
Oh yes! Schmelle! Current capitain of Borussia Dortmund and probably the most loved person in the city. He has extended his contract until 2021 and is as important to the team as he has ever been, especially as he still has the pace to fly down the left flank and create danger.
Most people remember that game as the Robert Lewandowski show but equally important was Gündogan’s commanding performance in midfield. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, injuries have limited his chances on the biggest stages as he missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. But after a great performance last season he now plays his football at the blue side of Manchester under Pep Guardiola, who described the midfielder as an ‘intelligent’ player after his debut vs Borussia Mönchengladbach in Champions League play two weeks ago..
The then midfielder has been turned to a CB by Tuchel and after taking part in the summer’s Olympic with Germany he now has been sidelined with a muscular injury.
Another fan favorite, Kuba is now playing for Wolfsburg after spending a year-long loan at Fiorentina. His performances at Euro 2016 have shown that he is still a very talented player but with numerous young wingers at his disposal, Tuchel couldn’t seem to fit Kuba into his plans.
Götze had a lot of adventures after that semi final game. He departed for rivals Bayern Munich, creating for himself an angry corps of BVB fans who once thought the world of him. He scored the World Cup winning goal in 2014 and became a national hero only to find himself sitting too frequently on Bayern’s bench under Guardiola. Following three mostly forgettable years in Bavaria, the 24-year-old is now back at BVB in a quest to find his old form.
Reus’s partnership with best pal Götze was one of the main reasons behind BVB’s success that season. Despite several injury woes Reus remains a crucial player for his side.
Four goals against Real Madrid was one of the Polish strikers best performances. Now playing at Bayern after finishing his contract at BVB in 2014 the goal getter is still in fine form, while BVB have got a goal machine of their own in Aubameyang.