It’s good to know, that whatever will happen on Tuesday night against RSC Anderlecht, we will all have the pleasure of seeing Borussia Dortmund at least two more times in that fancy Champions League kit. A loss will most likely mean second place – let’s just assume Arsenal will win their game in Istanbul – a draw might not be enough, if the London club wins by more than six goals, while a win will win the group for BVB. No-brainer.
Jürgen Klopp sees this game as a great chance to gain more stability and develop his team further. As “stability” is Klopp’s favorite word this season, we can expect a minimum amount of rotation, as the coach will seek to let his Hoffenheim-beating-selection gain more automatism ahead of a tough Bundesliga week, containing the three remaining games of 2014.
Yet Klopp is forced to make at least once change as Sebastian Kehl is unavailable after picking up knocks all over his 34-year-old body on Friday night. But there is nothing to worry about, as Nuri Sahin and Oliver Kirch can finally fill in for the ex-captain, who can nurse his aches.
The task is simply formulated: Win against Anderlecht, while keeping the priorities on winning in Berlin next Saturday. Meaning: Field the strongest team, without straining players too much. There are three substitutions, so please use them early and not in the 80th minute.
And winning breads winning. This team is still desperate for every little confidence boost that’s up for grabs. Winning Group D is another step to reinstate a winning mentality among the players and beating the Belgium outfit is certainly in the range of possibilities, as RSCA will finish on the EL spot either way and are currently struggling with their league form.
So the perfect setting for some Borussia Dortmund magic on a Champions League night to round off the group stages, gain a few coefficient points and drink some Glühwein.
p.s. please note that the Yellow Wall will currently not participate in the Langerak-Weidenfeller intermezzo.