Rain and wind greeted the Borussia Dortmund players, management and support staff as they landed in Porto. During two games in Portugal’s metropolis some 15 years ago, brilliant sunlight was the order of the day. However, following the games, BVB’s mood was at rock bottom. Perhaps the bad weather is a good omen for the return leg tomorrow night against FC Porto.
Boris Rupert reports from Porto
"We have got to make clear right from the start that we want to get through to the next round" demanded Hans-Joachim Watzke from the team, which, with the exception of the injured Sokratis, is at full strength. "If we prepare ourselves mentally for a real fight, then we will be successful."
"I am expecting Porto to be much more aggressive and offense-minded than they were in Dortmund" suggested Michael Zorc. "A few players who were either serving a suspension or who were injured have returned. We face a difficult task."
Borussia could lose the game by a margin of one goal and still progress, but it would be preferable to avoid any nerve shredding situations. The 2-0 victory a week ago at the Signal Iduna Park was "a good result, a very good result" according to Zorc: "But we are not through yet!"
"If we score a goal", thinks Watzke, "then our elimination from the tournament would become very unlikely." Only in Krasnodar (where BVB hit the woodwork four times!) and in Berlin, and, therefore, only in two out of 20 away games have BVB failed to score this season – in all competitions, Borussia Dortmund have scored a total of 97 goals at home and away, an average of 2.6 a game. "We always create chances for ourselves", said Watzke, but cautioned also: "But we must be alert right from the start and fight hard!"