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August 1, 2021

Champions League: Dortmund hopeful of repeating Madrid scalp

Mario Gotze to join Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund

Mario Gotze is set to become the most expensive German player of all time after Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich

announced the Borussia Dortmund midfielder will join them this summer. Bayern said the 20-year-old will move on 1 July after the Germany player told Dortmund of his intention to leave. “Gotze’s agent told us he wants to make use of his release clause and move to Bayern,” read a Dortmund statement. The release clause is reported to be 37m euros. The previous most expensive transfer involving a German player was striker Mario Gomez’s £26.5m move to Bayern from Stuttgart in 2009.

Borussia Dortmund picked up four points from their two group stage meetings with Real Madrid CF this season – but defeat by the Merengues in their last UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance, in 1998, means the Bundesliga side are seeking revenge of their own on the BVB Stadion on Wednesday night, uefa.com reports.Dortmund topped Group D, ahead of Madrid, thanks partly to a 2-1 victory over Mourinho’s team on matchday three. Even the following week’s return to the Santiago Bernabéu will not daunt Jurgen Klopp’s men, who earned a 2-2 draw in the Spanish capital in November.

Borussia did not fare as well in their most recent UEFA Champions League semi-final, however, when as European champions they suffered a 2-0 aggregate reverse against Madrid. “It has been 15 years since we were in the semi-finals of the Champions League,” said Lars Ricken, a member of those Dortmund sides and now the German club’s youth team coordinator. Klopp echoed Ricken’s sentiments, pointing out that while the nine-time European champions represent a high hurdle, they were “the only team left in the draw who we have already beaten this season”. Similarly, the sides’ recent history did not escape the attention of Madrid sporting director Emilio Butragueno. “We have a lot of respect for Borussia Dortmund,” he said. “We played them twice but didn’t manage to beat them. This time we hope it will be different as we want to be in the final – that’s what we are all dreaming about.



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