Originally Posted by Reynard369
Well they've already done a hell of a lot more than City, and those two points being side by side doesn't help your argument. I'll restate what I said earlier that they won't win, but they've got the quality to beat any team (but later in the competition, injury and fatigue will play their part). Think of Newcastle this season compared to last. Very similar situation in regards to having a quality first XI but little in the way of quality subs. Can't really see Dortmund going past the quarter finals, unless Klopp were to make the rare decision to sacrifice the league for a shot at the cup.
Originally Posted by El Argentino
Yes - essentially what I was saying. If they could manage to field their XI consistently through CL, I bet they could. But it will come down to managing all competitions, and there they'll run into some problems.
Unfortunately, this is true to an extent. Larger sides inevitably have an advantage because they have fresher legs and it takes a lot of team chemistry to overcome it. Also unfortunate that they are in a different era than '95 Ajax in respect to depth, number of competitive games and schedule compression.
But, purist in me says this is the best team in Europe. Everyone who watches them agrees. Some of that link-up play and inter-passing against City was beautiful to see. I wish there was more bandwidth in modern Football to appreciate how good this side is. Unfortunately they will likely never get the credit they deserve and the manager wont be recognized until he manages Bayern, the national team or the ilk.