Borussia Dortmund – Atalanta
Borussia Dortmund welcomes Atalanta in a first 1/16-final from the Europa League. The game is going to be played at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
The German team enters the competition after finishing third in its Champions League group. Borussia Dortmund were in a group with Tottenham, Real Madrid and APOEL, but didn’t record even one win in the tournament. The 2013 finalists finished third in this group and gained the right to continue in the Europa League.
Meanwhile Atalanta successfully qualified for the 1/16-finals after winning Group E of the competition. The Italian team didn’t lose neither one game against Olympique Lyonnais, Everton and Apollon, winning the group with 14 points in total.
It’s always interesting when teams from Germany and Italy are facing each other. This means that we are about to witness some fine football on the pitch between teams from two historical football nations.
In the Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund are currently 3rd in the standings with 37 points won and a record of 10 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. They continue their fight for a Champions League qualificaiton, although the competition is really huge. In their last five Bundesliga games Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten, winning twice and doing three draws.
Meanwhile in the Italian Serie A Atalanta are currently 8th in the standings, being on 4 points behind the 6th Sampdoria and the Europa League zone. Atalanta’s record in the league so far is 10 wins, 7 draws and 7 defeats. In their last five games the club from Bergamo won three times, made one draw and lost once.
Maybe Borussia Dortmund are a favourite in this clash, because they are a much bigger club than Atalanta. But in same time you shall have in mind that Atalanta played really good in the Europa League group stage.