Borussia Dortmund pulled off a very impressive 4-1 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday. I thought it was even more impressive when you factor in the huge blow to the club that was made public on Tuesday when Dortmund announced it will be selling German wonderkid Mario Gotze to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. This article even goes so far as to say he turned down bigger offers to go to Bayern instead. From a fans perspective, that has to sting Dortmund fans. Gotze has been with Dortmund since he was 9 years old. So much for loyalty, right?
You would think the news of losing one of the best young talents in the world would demoralize a squad. Actually, the effect was just the opposite. Barcelona were outclassed immensely by the home side. Dortmund played the match with huge confidence when many had predicted an inevitable all-Spanish Champions League final.
The obvious choice for man of the match was Robert Lewandowski who knocked home all 4 of Dortmund’s goals. Entering into his final contract year, Robert will be considered one of the most highly sought after goal scorers in the world, especially after the performance he just put on against Barcelona. His agent just announced today that a deal has been reached with an unnamed club (fancy timing).
Could he be joining his teammate Gotze at Bayern? That would be quite the transfer window for Bayern – taking two of the best players from it’s closest rival. Or perhaps, like this articles mentions, could he be on his way to Manchester United with the possible departure of Wayne Rooney? Eden Dzeko would make a nice consolation prize for Dortmund, but he has hardly been in the class of Gotze or Lewandowski.
Last season, Dortmund watched Shinji Kagawa leave for Old Trafford. Now, two of its brightest young stars are “confirmed” to be moving on this transfer window. Marco Reus is another highly rated player possibly on the move within the next couple of transfer windows. With all these departures, one has to assume it could be quite a while before Dortmund are back in a Champions League semi-final, let alone surviving the group stage.
It was the first time in Champions League history that two German clubs advanced to the semi-finals. Now Bayern and Dortmund look poised to make even more history by facing off in the finals. It could be one very awkward final for Mario Gotze should that hold true.