Fatigued Dortmund hope to overcome Mainz 05's energy

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AllsportDortmund have had a exhausting run of games heading into their match against Mainz 05.

After sealing the progress to the DFB Pokal final on Tuesday night against VfL Wolfsburg, the last part of the Borussia Dortmund's grueling week comes to a close by hosting energetic Mainz 05 on Saturday afternoon.

BVB went through to the final “On the empty rim (tank)," as Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp put it. The team looked exhausted against Wolfsburg in the cup semifinals. It’s hardly a surprise, considering the club's issues with injuries this season, that legs are tired. Continue Reading...

Dortmund crown tough season by reaching cup final

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates his 100th Dortmund goal in the DFB-Pokal semifinal against VfL Wolfsburg.GettyImagesRobert Lewandowski celebrates his 100th Dortmund goal in the DFB-Pokal semifinal against VfL Wolfsburg.

Finaaaleee Ohoooo, Finaaalee Ohooohooo!! -- Berlin, Berlin, wir fahren nach Berlin!

That's what the Südtribüne chanted after the final whistle. Borussia Dortmund just made out of a good season a great season by reaching the DFB Pokal final with a 2-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg. Mark your calendar for March 17 -- Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich (sorry, Kaiserslautern, but I just don’t see it). It will be the third consecutive year these two sides meet in a final at the end of the season. Continue Reading...

Bayern win boosts Dortmund confidence

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Borussia Dortmund celeb Bayern MunichGettyImagesDortmund celebrate their Allianz Arena victory.

Borussia Dortmund concluded their week by beating Real Madrid and Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate within the space of four days. That is a sentence that reads very nicely. Going to Munich after the straining game versus Madrid certainly wasn't easy, but the black and yellows showed a great and focused performance once again -- and were deserved winners.

It’s hard to tell how much value this win over Bayern really has for Dortmund, except for a very valuable three points and a massive confidence boost. Continue Reading...

The German Clasico has become an inconvenience

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DortmundGettyImagesRobert Lewandowski faces his future club on Saturday but both sides have more pressing concerns.

Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund this weekend and nobody is getting excited about it. It has been called “The German Clasico” and it is supposed to be the most prestigious clash in German football but in reality, it has become an inconvenience for both teams amid engagements in the Champions League and the DfB Cup.

For once, both parties agree on one thing -- the midweek cup semifinal enjoys the priority. “The league is over, the next important game for us is the cup game against Kaiserslautern,” said Pep Guardiola. Continue Reading...

Dortmund show pride, promise in Real Madrid loss

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VI Images/Getty ImagesOliver Kirch, Manuel Friedrich and Marco Reus gave Dortmund fans plenty to be proud of in a 3-2 aggregate loss to Real Madrid.

These are the grey facts.

Borussia Dortmund won the reverse fixture 2-0 against Real Madrid but are out of the Champions League losing 3-2 on aggregate. But the game was so much more. It showed that a symbiosis between the fans and a team can spark great things. It is hard to not be romantic about football when you are a fan of Borussia Dortmund -- despite all the mean sides the game has to offer.

Dortmund player-legend Nobby Dickel, who is now the voice of the stadium, urged the fans to make an extra effort today, as it was the only way to have a chance. Continue Reading...

Miracle possible, but will take some work from BVB

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Dortmund defender Mats Hummels says three percent. FIFA.com says 6.2%. These are the chances give to Borussia Dortmund progressing to the Champions League semifinals. In other words, chances are dire.

In fact, they are so dire that BVB needs a "miracle" to overturn the 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid in the return leg. Realistically, the tie is over, but a boy can dream.

- Report: Klopp keen to go out with a bang

The good thing about this game is that as a fan, one can enter this game very relaxed and doesn't have to go through any nervous breakdowns. Continue Reading...

Comeback caps off great day for Dortmund

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Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty ImagesMarco Reus capped off Borussia Dortmund's second half comeback with a winner in the 77th minute.

It was a match-day that couldn't have worked out any better for Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen's earlier loss to Hamburg meant that a Dortmund win against Wolfsburg would almost ensure direct Champions League qualification.

- Report: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Wolfsburg

The win over Wolfsburg was obviously a six-pointer, as Wolfsburg could have posed a threat to that Champions League berth had they won.

A loss on Saturday would have put enormous pressure on Dortmund, but with those three points in the bag, they will stay in second place, no matter the outcome in Munich next weekend, thanks to Schalke only drawing in Bremen. Continue Reading...

Dortmund with willpower against the Wolves

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Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty ImagesJuergen Klopp will try to get his Borussia Dortmund side to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat in Madrid when they host Wolfsburg on Saturday.

After their Champions League disappointment against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund go against VfL Wolfsburg in this week's Bundesliga top match.

- Buczko: Dortmund done in by Ronaldo

Bayer Leverkusen lost their game on Friday night, which means Dortmund could pretty much seal the Champions League qualification with a win, while Wolfsburg -- who are only one point behind the Rhine side -- will try to leapfrog them.

Also, Dortmund will be looking to ramp up the poor home record, especially as the mighty Westfalenstadion turned 40 years old on the second of April. Continue Reading...

BVB bounced around by Real Madrid

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Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty ImagesWith their CL run likely over, BVB can now focus on key matters at home.

Borussia Dortmund deservedly lost 3-0 against Real Madrid in their opener to the team’s Champions League quarterfinal tie. Yes, BVB have a lot of injuries, but the team on the field could have played better football.

It is frustrating for fans to see their team not reach its top level of performance. The game was odd, as it always felt like Dortmund could grab a goal at any time, but never actually did. Real Madrid played well, but was never really tested and thus didn’t make it out of third gear for most parts. Continue Reading...

BVB start action-packed two weeks with Real Madrid

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DortmundGettyImagesDortmund's Marco Reus celebrates a starring performance.

Dortmund’s game against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night is just the first of two weeks of thrilling April Champions League and Bundesliga action for BVB. The rest of the schedule features Wolfsburg at home, Madrid at home, Bayern Munich away and again Wolfsburg at home in the DFB Cup semifinal. Those five games, including Wednesday's, should be a wild ride.

- Report: BVB take down Stuttgart 3-2
- Klopp: Dortmund relish underdog status

The more-than-tough schedule has to be mentioned because it determines the mindset and lineups BVB will use entering the game against Real Madrid. Continue Reading...

Reus leads Dortmund fightback

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DortmundGettyImagesDortmund's Marco Reus celebrates a starring performance.

Borussia Dortmund pulled off a thrilling comeback in Stuttgart after being 2-0 down and had a great Marco Reus show to thank for turning the game around. Three vital points were sealed that keeps the club well in the race for second place and, with Bayer Leverkusen drawing, it has been boost to BVB's hopes of direct Champions League qualification.

This game a had a lot of things in common with Dortmund’s abysmal 3-0 loss in Hamburg: not least the fact it was an away game to the 17th team in the league, before a Champions League match. Continue Reading...

Dortmund can't afford half-effort vs. Stuttgart

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Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty ImagesKlopp and Dortmund must be at their best to defeat Stuttgart.

If there is one thing the Bundesliga midweek fixtures are good for -- or the "English week," as it's called in Germany -- is that the missed chances in the Revierderby against Schalke won't be rued too long. It's a good thing as Borussia Dortmund have to play against 17th-place VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

It is not only the game after the derby, but the game before Real Madrid. Looking at the rest of BVB's schedule it promises to be the easiest fixture of the bunch, so anything else but a win will be a failure. Continue Reading...