Dortmund vs Real: Before the Champions League closing, BVB’s Julian Brandt is assured | EUROtoday

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EThese have been the protagonists' final appearances earlier than one of the crucial vital video games of their careers. Those current tried to convey the same message on the closing press conferences. But they appeared very totally different – as totally different as their groups and their golf equipment.

On the night earlier than the ultimate within the British capital on Saturday, the Spanish Champions League document winners Real Madrid have been the primary to carry a press convention. Coach Carlo Ancelotti and his stars Nacho and Luka Modrić answered journalists' questions and careworn that they might not underestimate BVB below any circumstances.

At Dortmund's separate and later press convention, gamers Julian Brandt and Nico Schlotterbeck spoke very confidently about the truth that they’d not come to London simply to look at the “Royals” raise a trophy as soon as once more. They stated this below the watchful eye of their coach Edin Terzić.

“They can cause problems for any defender in the world”

“For all the success we want, it will also be about the moment and the game – we should enjoy it and soak it up,” stated Dortmund midfielder Brandt on the eve of the match at Wembley Stadium (9 p.m./stay DAZN and ZDF). “In terms of the conditions, there is no better one,” stated Brandt. “We are playing in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world against one of the strongest opponents in the world.” That is something however an on a regular basis incidence.

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No one can shut their eyes to the importance and magnitude of the occasion – even when the Borussia crew intends to strategy the match in opposition to the 14-time winner of essentially the most invaluable trophy in European membership soccer as calmly as attainable. “Of course, you can't really ignore the anticipation and excitement that is building up,” says Brandt. It's solely logical, as most BVB professionals lack expertise at this stage. “But we're still trying to take it as a football game.”

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One factor is evident: In this Football sport Dortmund will certainly not be with out a probability. If they handle to take out the opponent's offense, as they did in a number of the profitable semi-final matches in opposition to Paris St. Germain, they might pull off a sensation.

However, that can be troublesome in opposition to the wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo – and particularly in opposition to the previous Dortmund participant Jude Bellingham. “I believe that they all have incredible quality. They can cause problems for any defender in the world. You can't defend them alone, the whole team has to do it,” stated Schlotterbeck. Teamwork is required. And sacrifice.

Directing, demanding, encouraging: BVB coach Terzić at the final training session at Wembley Stadium

Directing, demanding, encouraging: BVB coach Terzić on the closing coaching session at Wembley Stadium

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But why shouldn't BVB pull off a coup? “If we keep Real's offensive in check, we have a chance,” stated Schlotterbeck. Brandt added defiantly: “If we and the other guys didn't believe in it, we might as well have stayed in Dortmund.”

This is what Real Madrid thinks about BVB

No, Dortmund will certainly not be cannon fodder – and nobody expects that from their opponents both. “We are favourites for everyone, but we don't think so. It's a 50:50 game. We're playing against a strong team that has had a fantastic Champions League season, we have a lot of respect for their quality and for them as a team,” stated Luka Modric.

He even complained that the week earlier than the ultimate in Madrid had been a bit too hectic, as there have been many media and sponsor appointments. The Croatian veteran let it’s recognized that he had not loved it.

Competing for the Spanish club: Croatian Luka Modrić, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti and German Toni Kroos (l.-r.)

Competing for the Spanish membership: Croatian Luka Modrić, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti and German Toni Kroos (l.-r.)

Source: dpa/Ian Walton

The preparation of the 2 very totally different finalists had additionally been very totally different. At least that's the way it felt to the gamers. While Dortmund had two comparatively quiet weeks after the top of the Bundesliga and Terzić had tried to maintain any unrest away from the crew, there was an actual hype in Madrid.

A WELT interview with Mats Hummels might have induced a stir at BVB, by which the protection chief had made vital feedback about coach Edin Terzić. But he avoided reacting. “What was it about? I didn't read it,” stated Terzić. The crew had been concentrating solely on the ultimate for days.

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But whether or not there was unrest or not, so near kick-off, none of that counted anymore. That was stated by somebody who ought to know: Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach, who has already gained the Champions League twice as a participant and 4 occasions as a coach, had his personal insights to share.

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Nervousness and rigidity, even “fear”, aren’t uncommon earlier than an vital closing and aren’t essentially an issue, says the 64-year-old: “They can also help you to give your best possible performance.”

Ancelotti introduced a comeback for Real's common goalkeeper Thibault Courtois. The Belgian, who tore his cruciate ligament final summer season, “will play,” stated the coach. There must be no surprises when it comes to personnel at BVB. It is definite that Terzić will area the crew from the second leg of the semi-final in Paris.

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The day earlier than the match, each coaches appeared very clear about what they have been planning on doing on Saturday. Neither of them stated how they want to have fun a victory. “The best parties in my life were the ones that weren't planned,” defined Terzić.