Soccer News – Atalanta – Borussia Dortmund
Atalanta hosts Borussia Dortmund in one of the most interesting 1/16-final second legs from the Europa League. The first game between these two sides was a pure thriller. What can we expect from the second?
Borussia Dortmund won the first match at the Signal Iduna Park with 3-2. And it was a really thrilling night, with the lead being exchanged between the two teams on few times.
Dortmund got the lead with a goal by Andre Schurrle, but two goals by Josip Ilicic meant that Atalanta are having a 1-2 lead.
Then it came the time of Michy Batshuayi, who scored two goals for the 3-2 win. It was a really fanstastic night for football.
Now it’s time for Atalanta to give their answer in front of their own fans in Bergamo. The Italian stadiums usually offer great atmosphere, so we shall expect to see another fantastic night with these two sides.
In the Serie A Atalanta are currently 8th, trailing on 3 points behind the 6th Sampdoria and the Europa League zone. Last season Atalanta didn’t have any problems to qualify for the Europa League, but now they are not as convincing as they were an year ago.
But despite of this, Gian Piero Gasperini’s team remains a squad everyone have to respect.
Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund are 2nd in the Bundesliga standings, continuing their quest for another Champions League qualification. They have 40 points and a record of 11 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. In their last five matches in the domestic league they are unbeaten – two draws and three consecutive wins.
Atalanta’s defenders have to be very careful with Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian striker is on fire since he was brought in from Chelsea. He already scored two goals against Atalanta, so most surely he’d like to continue in the same way.