Atlético Madrid – Borussia Dortmund: Cultured Colchoneros Close In On Final Four (2-1)

Decline of domestic domination ought to signal success for these two clubs closer to home. However, affairs have not lived up to expectations, forcing the bright lights of the Champions League to harbor their hopes and dreams. While only one side seemed ready for the seriousness of these stakes, the midway mark of the tie sees these combatants at a much more even keel.

Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Borussia Dortmund will wonder what could have been this campaign. The Bavarians are on the brink of losing the Bundesliga crown for the first time since 2012. However, Bayer Leverkusen, not their perennial challengers, will assume the crown. Stumbling at the final hurdle in May 2023, the club has not been close to the battle, fighting for fourth place. But they have saved some of their best showings for high profile clashes in the calendar, topping a Group of Death on their way to this stage in Europe.

Atlético Madrid can compare the story of their season to their guests. The red and white half of the Spanish capital houses the only outfit to beat Real Madrid this year (on two occasions) while they knocked out Inter, runaway leaders of Serie A, in . . .

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