The Czech international is definitively looking forward to the match, but maybe with too much love and fear.
Everybody know that there is a connection between Arsenal and Germany. Obviously with three Germans in the starting line-up, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, and Serge Gnabry ready to make the next step.
But there is even a Dortmund-Arsenal connection. Thomas Eisfeld and Tomas Rosicky played for Borussia Dortmund before they switched over to Arsenal. For both players the Champions League return match tonight is like a homecoming.
Thomas Eisfeld, the German youngster, played seven years in Borussia Dortmund youth academy, most notably with Munich’s Mario Gotze, before joining the Gunners in 2012. It is a special match for the 20-year-old Eisfeld, who reveals his admiration for his former club. He is “still connected with the BVB”, he added.
Tomas Rosicky, whose time in Germany’s Ruhr valley ended seven years ago, before even manager Jurgen Klopp joined the side, has no different opinion. In an interview with German tabloid Bild Rosicky said: “At BVB as a young player I became league champion. Evident, that I will always carry this club in my heart.”
Too much love? Hopefully it won’t hinder his motivation to score against his beloved club tonight.
Rosicky continues with his analysis of the first match. He said, that Dortmund was a little bit lucky, but didn’t won undeserved. The Czech international is definitively looking forward to the match. He added:
“It is brutal to play against Borussia. They have an incredible counterattack, infernal speed and go in hard as if there were no tomorrow.”
Love and fear? That might not be the best mixture ahead of a clash...
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Quick side note: the jersey of Rosicky of the first match has already made it into the museum of Borussia Dortmund.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald