It was a night when Borussia Dortmund made a mark on English football fans and media alike – for the first time since their Champions League semi-final away to Manchester United in 1997. And quite some impression it was!
The newspaper talk was of "almost perfect football" with a "crazy tempo", with some tabloid newspapers even labelling the Black & Yellows the 'German bulldozer' or 'the Panzer'. "It was a fantastic football match. I'm very satisfied, even proud," said Jürgen Klopp after the 1-1 draw away to Manchester City on 3 October 2012.
Now the two teams are set to meet again – for only the second time in a European competition. That previous meeting came in the Champions League group stages; this time it's the quarter-finals, where the best eight teams in the world's most important club competition go head to head.
Five players who featured in that previous clash could be involved in this latest meeting: Marco Reus, who scored the goal on 3 October 2012, Mats Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek still play for Dortmund; Ilkay Gündogan, who has since switched sides, and Sergio Aguero for Manchester City. After the draw, Sebastian Kehl labelled City as "the favourites among the eight teams left". Now the head of the licensed player division, Kehl came on as an 88th-minute substitute in that game. "It's going to be a tough one," he said. "Two very difficult games await us. Man City are in fantastic shape at the moment. But we're still looking forward to these games and we hope that we can perhaps pull off a surprise."
Marco Reus is very much looking forward to "two very tough games" as well as "a reunion with Ilkay Gündogan, whose development has been brilliant". The captain and his team do not feel out of place in their role as ambitious underdogs. "Yes, it's a difficult draw. City are unstoppable in the league and showed once again in the Round of 16 against Gladbach that they have big ambitions," said Reus. "But we have no need to be fearful, because we've shown often enough in the Champions League that we're capable of big things." (br)