There is more to it then just two sides from Germany's Ruhr Valley facing two London teams.
One might say Arsenal being top of the table in Premier League right now and impressed with great goals, ball control and speed after signing stand out international Mesut Ozil could be a decent opponent for last year’s Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund.
But that’s not it.
It could be the fact that Dortmund had a bumpy start on their road to a another successful Champions League season with a loss in Napoli and a two game ban for manager Jurgen Klopp. This lead to a preposterous comment made by Dortmund’s winger Kevin Großkreutz. “We are back,” Großkreutz said. Have they ever been away?
The gushing celebration by Dortmund was not only about their win at Arsenal yesterday. As a matter of fact Dortmund enjoy the evening because Schalke suffered a painful defeat to Chelsea FC only four day before the hated rivals meet in Bundesliga.
The general reception is that the Bundesliga clash next week means more to both German teams then the Champions League game.
For Schalke yesterday’s experience was like a cold shower in the morning. Chelsea played aggressive and made the first goal quickly. Kicker added: 'In the second round Schalke tried to build pressure. But Chelsea was certain on the defensive […]'
'Heartless deconstruction football' is what Chelsea played. At least that is the opinion of German daily Die Welt. They continued by asking if German international Andre Schurrle, who shined tremendously in Germany’s victory over Sweden last week, is the right man for the style of football Jose Mourinho likes to play.
'Apparently self-initiative forwardly is not designated in Mourinho’s ultra conservative defensive tactic formula,” Die Welt added.
An interesting theory. What does it mean for Schurrle’s future? Will he be on the trading block soon like Kevin de Bruyne? Following games will tell, but at least Dortmund is happy that Schalke lost.
What do you think of Chelsea’s performance? Will Schurrle fit the Mourinho formula?