Borussia Dortmund is in a tight spot after managing only one point in their first two Champions League matches. They are gearing up for a crucial double-header against Newcastle United, and the significance of these games is not lost on the Dortmund players. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel emphasizes the need to secure a positive result in their upcoming clash, while sporting director Sebastian Kehl believes they must accumulate a few points to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout phase alive.
This situation is a surprise to many, considering the tough draw Newcastle United received when they were placed in the “Group of Death.” While they initially secured a commendable draw against AC Milan, their second match saw them convincingly defeat Paris Saint-Germain. Newcastle could potentially lead the group halfway through the campaign if they continue their strong performance at St James’ Park.
Under Eddie Howe’s leadership, St James’ Park has become a formidable fortress, with only a few top Premier League teams managing to win there. Newcastle’s fearless approach has paid off consistently, and they remain committed to it even when facing high-caliber European opponents. Captain Jamaal Lascelles stressed that no team can expect an easy ride at St James’ Park, highlighting the intimidating atmosphere created by the passionate fans.
Despite their slow start in Europe, Borussia Dortmund is a formidable team, having narrowly missed the Bundesliga title last season and maintaining an unbeaten record domestically. They are determined to perform well against Newcastle, but they also recognize the unpredictable nature of Group F in the Champions League.
Dortmund’s desperation for a win in Group F could play into Newcastle’s hands, potentially setting the stage for another memorable European night at St James’ Park if the visitors are forced to take risks.