The team made the return bus trip to Dortmund in the early hours of Wednesday. After their 1-1 draw in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg, they will commence preparations for the Bundesliga game against TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday with a training session in Brackel on Wednesday lunchtime.

Three lessons could be taken from the game in Eindhoven: the performance level, especially in possession, has room for improvement. BVB want to and will showcase themselves differently in the return leg in three weeks. "At home at Signal Iduna Park, Champions League, 21:00, we don't get beaten," assured Nico Schlotterbeck. Secondly: PSV Eindhoven, who have so clearly dominated the Dutch Eredivisie this year, could have been beaten at the Philips Stadium yesterday. "What I saw was a beatable Eindhoven," said Mats Hummels. And thirdly: A look at the club's history reveals: An away draw in the first leg has sufficed on eight of nine previous occasions. Borussia Dortmund's only previous exception was a 2-2 draw in Italy in the semi-finals of the 1994/95 UEFA Cup; a BVB side with a heavily depleted squad then suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Juventus.

Prior to their journey home, the Black & Yellows were in self-critical mood following a deserved, hard-fought but error-strewn 1-1 draw in Eindhoven. "I did some things quite well, but to be honest: I should have done some things better," said goalscorer Donyell Malen, whose courage was rewarded when he dared to take on two opponents and fired home to give BVB the lead. Julian Ryerson, who performed strongly at right-back and dealt with two opponents in Dest and Lazano, emphasised: "There was more in it. It's our own fault that it only ended 1-1."

Nonetheless, the result represents a good starting position for the return leg. Donyell Malen said: "It will be a great Champions League night. We're playing at home and will have the whole stadium behind us."
Boris Rupert