Dort­mund must bounce back against Bay­ern: Goetze

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Ber­lin: Mario Goetze says Ger­man league lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund must put their first de­feat of the sea­son be­hind them and bounce back in Satur­day’s crunch Bun­desliga show­down at home against Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Atletico Madrid avenged their 4-0 drub­bing at Dort­mund from a fort­night ago with a 2-0 home vic­tory on Tues­day in the group stages of the Cham­pi­ons League as the Ger­mans suf­fered their first loss of the 2018/19 sea­son.

Dort­mund lead the Bun­desliga and have a four-point lead over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich who they host this week­end. “Los­ing is a new sit­u­a­tion, but we knew it would be a very in­tense week with Atletico and Bay­ern — now we have to bounce back,” said Goezte, who re­placed striker Paco Al­cacer for the last 15 min­utes in Madrid.

Goal­keeper Ro­man Buerki, who has only been beaten 10 times in as many league games this sea­son, said the de­feat may have done Dort­mund some good.

“Per­haps it’s not so bad, that we have come back down to earth after a few weeks when ev­ery­thing was go­ing so well,” said Buerki.

Club cap­tain Marco Reus, who has been in great form this sea­son with nine goals and seven as­sists in 16 games, brushed the de­feat off. “We were not so fresh, Atletico closed down the space, which was very dif­fi­cult for us, we only found a few ways through,” said Reus. “It was the first de­feat, but life goes on.”

The de­feat in Madrid leaves both Dort­mund and Atletico neck-and-neck on nine points in Group A with two matches left. How­ever, their fo­cus now is on this week­end’s Bun­desliga show­down as Dort­mund look to prove their sta­tus as Ger­many’s top side and make amends for their heavy de­feat to the Bavar­i­ans the last time they met. Bay­ern thrashed Dort­mund 6-0 in Mu­nich in March, as Robert Le­wandowski net­ted a hat-trick against his for­mer club.

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