Borussia Dortmund 1-2 (2-4 agg.) Manchester City, Signal-Iduna Park (Bellingham 15′ – Mahrez 54′ pen., Foden 75′) “This is the only way for Borussia Dortmund,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke this week. The Dortmund chief executive was defending the Bundesliga club’s policy of scouting young players, offering them a platform to develop, and selling them on for a large profit. “And it’s working fantastically.” After defeat to Manchester City saw Dortmund exit the Champions League, perhaps for over a year given their current position in the Bundesliga, it may seem hard to believe Watzke. But the 61-year-old has a point. Speaking to the BBC, he was responding to accusations from City manager Pep Guardiola that Dortmund pay too much to agents in order to secure players. As Watzke pointed out, the Catalan has a habit of forgetting that he has spent almost €1 billion ($1.2 billion) of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth on his own team. Because that is what Borussia Dortmund are up against: teams backed by nation states in the Champions League, and the might of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. In order to even try to close the gap, they need a strategy. And despite what could ultimately end up a disappointing… Read full this story
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