No time to rest
It has been a busy few days for our Ballspielverein and as it is so often, once you have started to face some difficult games, the list actually goes on and on. It almost seems as if there is one highlight following the next. Not even one week ago we had to travel to Munich in order to support our team in the Cup Quarterfinal against Bayern Munich- unfortunately we had pissed those from Munich off quite badly the past couple of years and so this time there were simply a bit more eager, aggressive and what not. The outcome was an annoying and scant 1:0 defeat- which meant the end of our Cup and Berlin dreams. But the world continued to spin and we actually handled our defeat with quite some grace. Hannover got to feel that on Saturday. After Lewandowski was released from his three-game ban, he was able to play again on Saturda and let Hannover painfully feel that he was happy to be back on the pitch. It was not the greatest game we have ever played, but we can book it under duty-victory.
But all that was last week and now we are facing a new week and new highlights- the first one today. The return game against Donezk in the round of the last 16 of the Champions League. It's not looking to bad actually. We played a solid 2:2 in the Ukraine and laid a solid base for the returngame in Dortmund today. The game in Donezk was most certainly not easy. Schachtar did prove to us why they advanced to the round of the last 16 rather than last years Championsleague winner Chelsea. But we don't have to hide our eagerness and passion either. We were behind twice in that game three weeks ago and managed to come back twice as well, there is not need to fear todays game and worry too much. It won't be easy- that's for sure. But then again, this is the Championsleague- it is not supposed to be easy. You have to fight and run and fight a bit more in order to move forward to the next round. Dortmund fought in the Bundesliga for a long time to get to this point of being able again to fight in the Championsleague- we can actually say that it as still in the last century when we last advanced to the quarter finals of the CL- it is a major dream. We have achieved so much and let everyone in Europe see what a fantastic team we are. The likes of Mourinho and Ferguson did acknowledge our efforts and we all know that we can do this.
A draw such as a 0:0 or a 1:1 would be enough to proceed to the next round. However, it is not Dortmundstyle to only to the least necessary. I am sure our players will do all they have to in order to score quickly and more than once. Come on Ballspielverein. This is a dream that is not so hard to fulfill- we will be in the stadium and in the pubs and in our living rooms to support you and keep our fingers crossed until they turn- well- not blue- yellow let's say- and we know you can do this! Heya BVB!
Ballspielverein: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Felipe Santana (Hummels) , Schmelzer - Gündogan, Bender - Blaszczykowski, M. Götze, Reus - Lewandowski
Donezk: Pyatov - Srna, Kucher, Rakytskyy, Rat - Fernandinho, Hübschman - Alex Teixeira, G. Mkhitaryan, Taison - Luiz Adriano
Referee: Skomina (Slovenia)