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Borussia Dortmund – Still Struggling To Reach Their 2013 Champions League Form

In the 2012-13 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund were the irresistible team that blew every obstacle apart on their way to reaching the Wembley final. Four years on, the Black and Yellow are still struggling to reach that pinnacle among Europe’s elites.

Dortmund’s team in the 2012-13 season was one that surprised many. Although followers of German football might’ve seen it coming. Jurgen Klopp had steadily built a team of tough challengers who could compete proficiently at the highest level. Coming into the competition as German champions, Dortmund didn’t disappoint. Their biggest challenge was overcoming Bayern Munich. The Bavarians had suffered Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Chelsea in Munich the previous year and were out for blood.

Dortmund had blown apart teams like Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid on their way to a 50-50 final; against opponents they knew so well. Dortmund would lose 2-1 at Wembley, but they had made a statement – they were a team to be reckoned with. Everyone agreed that if Dortmund could retain their players from the 2012-13 season they could really threaten again. But this proved too difficult a task. Even before the all German Wembley final in 2013, they had already lost Mario Götze to their biggest rival.

Robert Lewandowski soon followed suit and the Black and Yellow lost their cutting edge. The signing of strikers such as Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos did little to help. In 2013-14, Dortmund won a group that had Arsenal and Napoli; beat Zenit Saint Petersburg in the round of 16 and then crashed to Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

In 2014-15 the guys from Westfalenstadion won their Champions League group but again couldn’t go past the knockout stage. Worse, they couldn’t qualify for the 2015-16 Champions League. They did qualify for the Europa League, but got booted out in the quarter finals by Liverpool.

Last season BVB made return to the Champions League, started well and even won a group that had Real Madrid. With the help of free-scoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the return to fitness of Marco Reus, they skipped past Benfica into the quarter finals but yet again they slumped to Monaco. That loss could partly be blamed on the multiple explosions at the Signal Iduna Park which affected their team bus and had defender, Marc Bartra being sent to the hospital.

Dortmund’s Champions League woes have continued this season. This time they find themselves in a difficult group with the likes of Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. The Black and Yellow have lost their opening couple of games, conceding six goals and scoring twice. It leaves Dortmund hanging precariously in the group, with an early knockout staring them in the face.

Up next for Dortmund is a double header against APOEL Nicosia. They must win both games to stand any chance of making it through the group. Still, their chances remain very slim. Aside doing the double over APOEL, BVB must pick up victories over Spurs and Los Blancos to go through. One of those games sees them travel to the Santiago Bernabéu to face the reigning Champions.

In 2012-13 Dortmund were blazing the European stage, they mesmerized opponents with their Gengen Pressen style. Since then, a semifinal place has eluded them; two quarter finals being their best finished. It goes without saying that the Black and Yellow is still a far cry from what they were in 2012-13.

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