BORUSSIA’S comeback from three goals down to the Bundesliga champions in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 defeat at Stuttgart on Wednesday night was a stunning and memorable result for fans across Europe, but it was not enough for the Bundesliga side.
A draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday will also not bring any comfort to Borussia fans, with both clubs looking to keep their hopes of a fourth straight domestic league title alive.
Borussia coach Jurgen Klopp is yet to find the solution to their defence issues and it is not yet clear if the German internationals ability to defend in midfield is not enough.
“The big thing for us was to play a good game and we could have won, but the result is not what we expected,” Borussia manager Jurgens Dortmund said.
“The biggest thing is to defend well and we had the right chances to do that.
We were lucky.
We did well in the first half and the second half we didn’t have a chance.”
A win over Bayern Munich would put Dortmund over the top in the Bundesliga standings, while a win over Bayer Leverkusen or Borussia Monchenglads away will put Dortmund in the hunt for the title.
The win is a welcome relief for Dortmund, but Klopp will have to turn his focus to a difficult fixture in the Europa League, which kicks off on Tuesday.
Despite the defeat, Borussia had some positives to take away from the game.
Their first goal was a brilliant header by striker Jerome Boateng which allowed Borussia to push their lead to two goals, and the goal they should have won at the half was the winner when Dortmund equalised in the 88th minute.
Klopp said he was happy with his side’s performance and they will now look to build on the win.
He also gave his first words of praise to his team’s defender, Julian Draxler.
“I thought Draxlers performance was very good,” Klopp said.
“[Draxler] was fantastic.
He made a very good first-half and his first-minute goal was outstanding.
He gave us the first chance, and we didn´t have to make a save.”
The team was also praised for the performance of their attacking midfielders, as Borussia showed no signs of giving up.
Giroud made two interceptions to keep out Dortmund’s second, and Schmelzer was the only player to make an error, while the rest of the team combined for seven clearances.
All-German teamThe Borussia team has already won three Bundesliga titles since the turn of the century, but they have not played in a Champions League match since their win at Bayern Munich in 2011.
Dortmund were favourites to win the domestic treble last season, but Borussia managed to reach the quarter-finals, losing in the last 16 to Bayern Munich, before finishing as runners-up in the league.
Möncheggladbach have struggled in the Champions League, losing their opening two games to Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
This season, they will be hoping for another strong showing against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
Who will come out on top?
“If the teams play well against each other and they do not give up the equaliser, it’s not going to be easy to win, because we have a very strong team,” Borussen said.