After Tottenham’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Dortmund in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie, there is still a glimmer of hope among BVB faith that their team can still make it through to the UEFA Champions League quarter finals.
1. Dortmund’s Home Form
Borussia Dortmund have won 10 out of 12 games at home in the league this season, scoring a whopping 40 goals in the process and conceding just 17.
The German side will need to score at least three goals to progress against the North Londoners and with an average of 3.3 goals a game at home in the league, belief will remain high within the camp that the score can be overturned.
Far from flat-track bullies, Dortmund have scored four and three past Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively this season, meaning Spurs will need to be at the top of their game to keep the men in yellow at bay.
2. Jadon Sancho
After a fairly quiet first season at Dortmund in 2017/18, the young South Londoner has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season – scoring eight goals and providing ten assists, becoming an integral part of the team.
The young winger’s blistering pace and close control make him a nightmare for opposition defenders to play against.
After a somewhat underwhelming performance in the first leg, he will go out with a point to prove, eager to spur his team onto the Champions League quarter-finals.
3. Westfalenstadion Atmosphere
Despite a seemingly comfortable lead, the Tottenham players will undoubtedly be feeling a few nerves when they step out to play at the Westfalenstadion – famous for its intimidating atmosphere.
The southern stand, nicknamed the ‘Yellow Wall’ holds roughly 25,000 fans who will be doing all they can to unsettle the visiting team. Spurs, who, perhaps unfairly, have gained a reputation as ‘bottlers’ will face a tough test of their resolve in Dortmund. If the home side get an early goal, things could get nervy in the Westfalenstadion for Spurs.
4. Recent Champions League Comebacks
The last two seasons in the Champions League have taught us that at the very highest level, anything can happen.
Last season saw Roma overturn a 4-1 opening leg defeat to Barcelona to propel themselves into the semi-finals with an emphatic 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico. A seemingly impossible task with the Spanish side unbeaten in 18 games going into the second leg, but a late Kostas Manolas header ensured the Italians went through to the semis on away goals.
The season before, Barcelona were on the other end of a historic comeback when they came up against PSG in the round of 16. After being thrashed 4-0 in the second leg, Barcelona gave themselves a fighting chance by going 3-0 up inside 50 mins in the second leg.
After a PSG away goal, however, Barca found themselves needing three more goals. When the clock ticked into the 88th minute, most fans had given up hope. Nevertheless, a quickfire Neymar brace and a 95th minute goal from Sergio Roberto saw them stun the visitors and proceed to the quarter-finals.