Most of the football watching world was shocked, flabbergasted, delighted (for the haters) and heartbroken in the last week, when both Spanish super teams were knocked out of the Champions League in the first leg of the semi-finals.
As if fate was watching and playing a cruel joke, first Barcelona, who have been on top of the football world for a good many years, were shocked when they got the thrashing of their lives from Bayern Munich, coming out with a score of 4-0. This got everyone asking, “is the era of Barca domination finally over?”
The very next day, Real Madrid saw their fate heading in the same direction before Christiano Ronaldo salvaged their dignity with a lone goal. They were beaten 4-1 by Dortmund but with the unshakeable faith of “The Special One”, Jose Mourinho has let the world know that Madrid can still come out of this to be in the final.
When everyone else had already decided that it would be an all-German final, Mourinho let the world know that this war was not over. The next game for Madrid will be on their home turf, the Bernabeu on Tuesday and The Special One has promised the world that they will see a fight from his team.
“I have learnt that anything can happen in football, it will be tough next week, but nothing is impossible and my footballers will try to show that next Tuesday,” said Mourinho. He also congratulated Dortmund, saying that they were the best team by far and that they played better and deserved their victory.
Congratulations have to go to Lewandowski who scored all four goals for Dortmund to become the first player to ever score four goals in a
Champions League semi-final.
Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp said that despite the win, his team is still going to exercise caution, stay focused and play their best game in Madrid.
“…we have to go to Fortuna Duesseldorf, in Bundesliga, then Madrid for the second game and there is still a lot to do. I don’t have the feeling we’re favourites, we produced
an exceptional game against a fantastic team, there could have been worse results and we’d still have to go there, we just want to reach the final,” said Klopp.
So while Dortmund takes the cautious route and practises and Real try to figure out what went wrong, all of Spain, Germany and other global supporters sit on the edge of their seats, because now, without a doubt, it’s anyone’s game.