Tuesday morning saw the Borussia Dortmund squad gather in Wickede to board the plane to Madrid, where they face the final match of the UEFA Champions League group stages tomorrow. "We want to put in a good performance," said André Schürrle prior to departure.
BVB head to the Bernabeu aiming to wrap up third spot and remain in European competition over the winter, though in that case they would be playing in the UEFA Europa League, the continent's secondary club competition. To book their place, the Black & Yellows need to match the result obtained by Apoel Nicosia, who are level on points. The Cypriot outfit are away to Tottenham Hotspur, who have already won the group. Both matches will kick off at 20:45 CET.
Should Nicosia win at Wembley Stadium, BVB will also have to take all three points at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, described by André Schürrle as "an historic stadium that has hosted big matches". He continued: "This match is a big challenge for us. We'll need to run, we'll need to fight, we'll need to win the tackles and we'll need to create goalscoring chances if we are to gradually pull ourselves out of the hole we are in." (br)