Yesterday evening Atletico Madrid, today Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco! What connects all these teams? All these elevens in the last seasons ruled in the Champions League. Now their form from previous years in the Champions League is just a memory.
Atletico fought to leave the Champions League group until the end, but after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea, their adventure with these elite matches has ended. In the spring they will be left to play in the European League.
Borussia has long lost the chance for the Champions League cup stage. Piotr Boszek’s players did not win a single match. Today they will face Real Madrid and fight for saving their faces and for the right to participate in the European League.
The BVB situation is more than tragic. Poor game, bad shape and a real hospital treatment in the team. They did not fly to Madrid, among others Łukasz Piszczek, Maximilian Philipp, Sebastian Rode, Erik Durm, Gonzalo Castro, Mario Götze and Marco Rues. In addition, Jeremy Toljan was forced to stay in Dortmund and have a break for penalty cards.
In addition, there is a dismal atmosphere in the team. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has long been thinking about a completely different team. Most recently, there has been talk about his transfer to Liverpool. No wonder that the footballer from Gabon approaches the play in a German team in a very unprofessional way. It is enough to recall his red card in the meeting with Schalke. Kicking him out of the pitch was a crucial moment in that match. BVB after scoring four goals, then they allowed themselves to lose four goals and the match ended with an unexpected draw.
This is not the end of the team’s troubles, which six times in the last seven seasons took part in the group stage of the Champions League. BVB with Robert Lewandowski was able to play even in the great Champions League final. So what happens to the team from Dortmund?
It is very sad, but … This is an example of a team that has challenged the world’s richest teams, and is now dying before our eyes. Like AS Monaco, now BVB has to pay the price for success on the international stage. The departure of the best footballers, which can not be quickly replaced, is a natural process (that was the case with Ousmane Dembélé, among others). Today football is ruled by money and nobody will change it.
Let’s finally add that Borussia Dortmund will guarantee themselves participation in the European League, if in Madrid they score better than APOEL vs. Tottenham. It is rather very unlikely.