Finishing last season in second place in the German Bundesliga means anything less than champions of Germany is a failure for Borussia Dortmund. Through 28 games, Dortmund have 46 points and sit in fifth place, while their historic rivals, Bayern Munich, are in first place with 65 points.
With Bayern Munich running away with the Bundesliga, Dortmund will have to look to other competitions to achieve glory this season.
The DFB-Pokal is a German soccer cup competition held annually by the German Football Association. This tournament is similar to the FA Cup in England in that the winner qualifies for the UEFA Europa League.
Dortmund have already played four games in the competition this season, most notably a rematch of the Borussen Derby, a match between Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach. This was the third meeting between the Borussia squads in the 20/21 season, ending in a 1-0 Dortmund win.
Their next Pokal match comes on May 1st against Holstein Kiel. The winner will meet the winner between RB Leipzig and Werder in Berlin on May 13.
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious award in club soccer. Dortmund were eliminated from the competition in the Round of 16 last season by the hand of PSG. This season, the Black and Yellow defeated Sevilla in the Round of 16 and drew Manchester City in the Quarter-Finals.
Man City is not the most ideal of draws as they currently lead the Premier League with 14 points in hand. In the first leg of the Quarter-Finals, City beat Dortmund 2-1.
Even though Dortmund lost, there is still reason to be optimistic. In tournaments with multiple legs, away goals are extremely important. Marco Reus’ goal in Manchester gives Dortmund something to build off of heading into Germany. If they win the match 1-0, they would advance to the Semi-Finals because they have more away goals than Man City.
Should they get past City, they will have to play the winner of Bayern Munich vs PSG to get to the Final.
Dortmund’s domestic season has been one to forget, but cup and European competitions offer them a route to save their season.
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