Goal record a Real pos­si­bil­ity for Tuchel and his tal­ented trio

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Ber­lin

Borus­sia Dort­mund can set a new Cham­pi­ons League record at Real Madrid on Wed­nes­day if the likes of Marco Reus, Ous­mane Dembele or Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang score.

Thomas Tuchel’s Dort­mund ar­rives at San­ti­ago Bern­abeu just one shy of the 20-goal record three teams — Manch­ester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona — tal­lied in the Cham­pi­ons League group stages.

Two of those — United, in 1998-99 and Real in 2013-14 — went on to win that sea­son’s Euro­pean ti­tle.

Dort­mund, which won the 1997 Cham­pi­ons League and was run­ner-up in 2013, holds a two-point ad­van­tage over Los Blan­cos in Group F.

The win­ner of Wed­nes­day’s clash in Madrid will qual­ify top of the ta­ble.

Star-stud­ded Real, spear­headed by Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, presents a for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge at home, but Dort­mund is in buoy­ant mood.

It fin­ished 2-2 when the teams met in Dort­mund last Septem­ber as An­dre Schur­rle’s late strike res­cued the host af­ter Ron­aldo and Raphael Varane scored for Real and Aubameyang net­ted for Borus­sia.

But Dort­mund was boosted two weeks ago by the re­turn of Ger­many winger Marco Reus af­ter six months out with the ad­duc­tor in­jury that ruled him out of Euro 2016.

The 27-year-old grabbed two goals, with a third later cred­ited as an own-goal, and set up two more as Dort­mund trounced Le­gia War­saw 8-4 in Ger­many two weeks ago in a record Cham­pi­ons League score.

Rolls Reus

Reus also weighed in with three as­sists in Dort­mund’s 4-1 Bun­desliga thrash­ing of Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on Satur­day.

“The in­jury, which meant a six-month break, has made him a more ma­ture player,” said Dort­mund coach Tuchel.

“Now Marco is back and it’s fan­tas­tic the way he has re­turned.”

Gabon in­ter­na­tional Aubameyang also bagged a brace against Glad­bach to make him the league’s top scorer with 15 goals.

Dembele also got on the score­sheet in what Tuchel de­scribed as “a com­plete per­for­mance from us”.

“In my opin­ion Ous­mane Dembele had one of his best matches in a Dort­mund shirt,” added Tuchel.

Reus is cur­rently a joy to watch, from the way he ca­su­ally robbed Glad­bach de­fender Nico Elvedi of pos­ses­sion to his au­da­cious back­heel that set up Aubameyang for his sec­ond goal as Dort­mund warmed up for its Madrid test in im­pres­sive fash­ion.

“The pass was crazy, but that’s just Marco Reus. You know what he’s like,” said Aubameyang.

“I am very happy that he is back. He is one of the best play­ers we have, and he is ef­fec­tive in all sit­u­a­tions.”

Deadly Dembele

Dort­mund’s cur­rent tally of 19 Cham­pi­ons League goals is boosted by its re­sults against Le­gia.

It romped to a 6-0 away win in War­saw when six dif­fer­ent play­ers scored be­fore the record 8-4 win at home.

Dembele has been a rev­e­la­tion in his first sea­son with Dort­mund since join­ing from French side Rennes.

The tal­ented winger an­nounced his ar­rival with a su­perb goal in a 4-1 drub­bing of Manch­ester United on a pre­sea­son tour of China.

Dembele has gone on to pro­duce four goals and 10 as­sists in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Aubameyang has taken the 19-year-old Dembele un­der his wing, help­ing himwith fin­ish­ing and de­fend­ing.

Dembele has been guilty of giv­ing up pos­ses­sion too eas­ily, es­pe­cially in Dort­mund’s 2-1 loss at Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt last month.

How­ever, Tuchel says the young French­man was “the dif­fer­ence” in the win over Glad­bach.

“He played one of his best games, be­cause he care­fully passed in sit­u­a­tions when it was not ap­pro­pri­ate to drib­ble,” noted Tuchel.

“He de­fended very at­ten­tively and made the dif­fer­ence in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.”

The in­jury, which meant a six­month break, has made him a more ma­ture player.” Thomas Tuchel, Dort­mund coach, on Marco Reus

Mid­dles­brough’s Marten de Roon (left) fights for the ball against Hull City’s Sa­muel Clu­cas (cen­ter) dur­ing Boro’s 1-0 English Premier League win at River­side Sta­dium on Mon­day. A Gaston Ramirez header earned the Teessiders vic­tory.

WOLF­GANG RATTAY / REUTERS

Borus­sia Dort­mund’s Marco Reus cel­e­brates scor­ing in an 8-4 romp against Le­gia War­saw last month. The Ger­man winger will face a stiffer chal­lenge in Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League match at Real Madrid.

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