...and after the derby, there is Christiano Ronaldo
After black Saturday, it is not that easy to tell yourself that life goes on. But hey, it does go on, and actually we have to focus onto the next challenge right now. Most of us seem to need a bit more time for recovery, but this is no excuse, neither for the team, but especially nor for us fans - everyone will need to put their heart into tomorrow's game against Real Madrid.
We all know that something like Saturday won't happen again. It is a pity, no, a shame, that it happened in the derby, but tomorrow's game will be totally different. The boys will feel more secure by playing the usual 4-2-3-1 system and, as we found out today, it seems to be pretty likely that Mario Götze will join the team again. We still don't know if Marcel Schmelzer will make it, but at least he had a single training yesterday (while Mario fortunately participated in the regular team training). The bad news is that Ilkay Gündogan and, of course, Kuba are still injured.
However, we're not the only team that worries about injuries. Madrid, second in the Spanish league right now, also lost a few players during the international games last week: Marcelo, Arbeloa and Coentrao will not play. German national player Sami Khedira along with Christiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema suffered minor injuries last week, but unfortunately Khedira and Ronaldo joined the regular team training. There are no news about Benzema.
Our boys in black and yellow did an excellent job in the Champions League so far. The victory against Amsterdam and the almost-victory against Manchester were not only important because we're now second in the toughest group of this season, but we've gained a whole lot of respect. Every team in the group knows what we're able to. Why do I point this out? Because self-confidence is a bit low after the derby and yes, because Real Madrid is one of the best teams in the world. But we are, too. This game will be fun and beautiful to look at.
In the end, let me tell you a personal story. Before the game against Manchester, a lot of BVB-supporters told me it was impossible to beat ManCity. They were judging on behalf of what the Borussia achieved in the Champions League last season, what they had played like in the Bundesliga so far and on behalf of the game against Ajax Amsterdam. And after everyone had told me we couldn't beat Manchester, I said "I just know we can do it. I believe in the team". This is what makes the difference. The supporters in Manchester's stadium knew it and showed it to the boys. And I am sure that if we, the supporters, stand behind our team tomorrow evening, we're able to win against Real Madrid. And you know what? Beat that, blue scum!
Possible Line Up
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer (Großkreutz) - Bender, Kehl - Götze, Perisic, Reus - Lewandowski (Schieber)
Coach: Jürgen Klopp
Real Madrid: Casillas - Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Essien - Khedira, Xabi Alonso - di Maria, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo - Higuain
Coach: José Mourinho
Referee: Kassai (Hungary)
Kick off: 8.45 pm CET at Westfalenstadion