Borussia Dortmund – Tottenham Hotspur: One Half Of Vibrant Attacking Football Not Enough For Dortmund (0-1)
While Dortmund will probably argue they deserved much, much, more from this game, they did not take advantage of their opportunities in the first half because of good goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris as well as bad luck. After scoring the opener, Tottenham easily defended the lead and casually walked into the quarter-finals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
Both Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur entered the first leg of this encounter riding a high, as they were flying in the league and exceeding expectations. That was three weeks ago however, and in Europe’s top leagues, three weeks is a lot of time.
Tottenham, who were seen as potential outsiders to gatecrash the “two horse race” between Liverpool and Manchester City, failed to pick up all three points in their last three matches, forcing them to look over their shoulder as opposed to ahead of them. Harry Kane’s return to the team has not had the desired effect for the London club, and the lack of spending in the summer was looking more and more problematic, especially in midfield. For Dortmund, four points out of a possible nine in the league has seen their advantage on Bayern Munich turn into nothing more than mere goal difference.
Regardless, the second-leg encounter of the Round of 16 match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham would still be a battle between two exciting and tactically astute teams, recent form aside. The home side had the unenviable task of turning over a heavy aggregate deficit, while the away side simply needed to put together a respectable enough performance: even a defeat would likely see them . . .