In crisis and virtually eliminated from the European Champions League, Borussia Dortmund host Tottenham, already ranked, on Tuesday, November 21. At Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, the game is scheduled to start at 17.45CET and is part of the fifth round of the group stage, the penultimate of this stage.
The English are in the lead of group H with ten points added of the 12 possible. They thus secured their place in the round of 16 with two rounds in advance. With seven points, Real Madrid are in second place. Third place is split between the Germans and Cyprus’s Apoel with two points.
The recent performance of Borussia Dortmund
Thus, to ensure their presence in the second stage of the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund have to win the two remaining games. In addition to Tottenham, they will face Real Madrid in Spain on the final day. But that alone will not be enough. He still has to hope that the Spaniards will not defeat Apoel in a match that will be played on Tuesday at the same time in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In any circumstance such a situation would be considered practically impossible. However, it becomes even more delicate in the face of the turmoil that Borussia Dortmund has faced. After leading the German Championship with a five-point lead over the second-placed team, the team collapsed.
On Friday, November 17, he was beaten, away from home, by Stuttgart, by 2 to 1, increasing to five the number of consecutive matches without victory in the Bundesliga. Parked in 20 points (six wins, two draws and four losses) after four defeats and a draw, he fell to fifth and saw Bayern Munich leading nine points clear.
Problems of relationship between the cast and Dutch technician Peter Bosz are indicated by the German press as motivators of this situation. Many of the players would not like the treatment the coach, hired for that season after taking Ajax to the European League runners-up 2016/2017 edition, would be giving striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11 games in the 2017/2018 season German Championship, ten goals).
Scorer and star of the team, the striker born in Gabon is often late in training and would not be showing the expected layout even within the four lines. Bosz decided to take a tougher action before the match against Stuttgart. As Aubameyang arrived 40 minutes for training on the eve of the game, he was away. It was not even related to the game.
Although Dortmund lost the game, the athletes’ behavior was different from previous defeats. The team acted better, had more possession (60% to 40%) even playing at the home of the opponent, finalized more times (seven to four), but lacked aim, just the point in which Aubameyang makes a difference.
It remains to be seen whether the coach will maintain his attitude towards the match on Tuesday or consider that a game of punishment is punishment enough. Sure it has great limitations to set the team set by the medical department. Defensive players Erik Durm (without performances), Lukasz Pisczek (seven matches, no goal) and Omer Toprak (eight matches, no goal) are in injury treatment; and the socks Marco Reus (without performances) and Sebastian Rode (without performances). According to the German press reports, this group only Toprak has chances of being released to face Tottenham.
The current form of Tottenham
The English had a disastrous result in the round of weekend. On Saturday, November 18, they were beaten by Arsenal, their biggest rival, by 2 to 0, in the opponent’s field. They thus fell to fourth place in the 2017/2018 English Championship. They add 23 points (seven wins, two draws and three losses). They are 11 less than Manchester City, the leader.
If the situation is not the best in the Premier League, the Champions League is rather quiet. With the classification assured and the great possibility of securing the first place since in the final day the team will face, at home, the little Apoel, coach Mauricio Pochettino may even preserve some of his starters of that match in Germany. Even because it has five straight games against less investment teams in the next few days of the English Championship and may aim to lessen the gap in comparison to the City.
Two offsets considered practically right for the duel are defender Toby Alderweireld (ten English League games, no goal) and midfielder Victor Wanyama (two games without a goal). They are delivered to the medical department.
History of matches 1-1 Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham
In four games played throughout history, each team has won twice. In the first round of the 2017/2018 Champions League group stage, Tottenham in England scored 3-1.
With the possibility of confirming the first place in the last round it is very likely that Tottenham will not enter their full strength to face Borussia Dortmund. Even if the holders are scaled, they hardly act with great disposition.
This can make life easier for the Germans, who thus become the best betting option with a 2.25 bet on Bet365. Draw returns 3.60 and English success yields 3.25 per invested real.