A 0-0 draw from the first leg in Spain stands the dislodged Bundesliga champions in good stead for the second leg at the Signal Iduna Park, and leaves the prospect of an all-German final still very much alive.
Dortmund's rise goes on
Dortmund’s achievement as the only unbeaten side remaining in the competition has already lifted them into the ranks among Europe’s elite. Next season, Jürgen Klopp’s men can expect a slightly easier draw than they were handed last August, even if they did then go on to make light work of English champions Manchester City FC, Primera Division winners Real Madrid CF and Dutch Eredivisie title-holders AFC Ajax anyway.
“It looks like we'll be in the second group of seeds and not the fourth,” said executive director Hans-Joachim Watzke. “People are going to be talking about our wins against Real Madrid, Manchester City and Shakhtar, who have an extremely strong side, even in ten years’ time.” Indeed, Dortmund also made it look easy against FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round, and dominated large stretches of the first leg at the Rosaleda a week ago. All that was missing was a goal, which they aim to make good on in the return leg.
Confidence and belief
“We’ve got a very good chance of reaching the semi-finals,” added Watzke confidently. “When I imagine what a line-up it could be in the semi-finals with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich - then I can safely say that we’ve arrived at the zenith of European football.” 90 minutes, or even 120, of the quarter-final must still be played, though, and the Dortmund CEO is not going to climb over that summit before it is even reached.
“Nobody expects it to be a walk in the park,” he said. “But we have nothing to be scared of. Borussia Dortmund were in ruins eight years ago, and now we belong to the creme de la creme of European football.” Sven Bender, who wore the captain’s armband in Saturday’s 4-2 win over FC Augsburg as Klopp rested seven members of the team from last week’s first leg, expressed he is primed and ready to confirm Dortmund’s status as one of Europe’s top clubs.
Learning from mistakes
“We have the chance to reach the semi-finals and we must seize it,” said the defensive midfielder. “With what we showed in the first leg, and the self-confidence from the Augsburg game, we can really attack them on Tuesday.” Nevertheless, without an away goal, Dortmund must ensure they don’t make the job twice as hard by conceding.
“It’s definitely a dangerous situation to be in,” added Bender on the German Football Association’s (DFB) website. “We mustn’t make the same mistake we made against Augsburg when we ran into a stupid counterattack and they made it 2-1. That would be the worst thing that could happen to us. We mustn’t be reckless.” Malaga arrived in Dortmund on Monday without their coach Manuel Pellegrini, who returned to his native Chile at the weekend following the death of his father. He is due to arrive in Dortmund on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Bender - Reus, Götze, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Malaga: Willy - Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, Lugano, Antunes - Toulalan, Camacho - Joaquin, Julio Baptista, Isco - Saviola