A scrappy 3-2 triumph by defending European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday of the UEFA Champions League against Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund left head coach Peter Bosz unconvinced as the former Dutch midfielder was happy to remove the ‘clear favourites’ tag from Zinedine Zidane’s side. “After today’s game, I don’t know if it is possible to say that Real Madrid are the favourite to win the Champions League,” Bosz was quoted as saying during his news conference. Peter Bosz also added that Real Madrid were not very strong tonight. The matchday-6 encounter between 12-times European champions Real Madrid and 1994 winners Dortmund saw Peter Bosz’side producing an impressive fightback after being 2-0 down to turn things around in the 48th minute of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Despite their brave display away from home, Dortmund were beaten 3-2 by Real Madrid to seal their berth in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League this season. There were significant amount of absentees from Los Blanocs’ squad in the starting line-up during their group H clash with the 2014 UEFA Champions finalist Dortmund. Zidane made five changes in his playing squad where match-winner Lucas Vasquez started from the bench. “Although, it is true that they rested many players and they are one of the favourites,” Bosz said in a statement. With the failure of not qualifying for the knockout phase in the UEFA Champions League, the Dortmund coach said his side will now put everything into the Europa League.
“When the injured players return we’ll improve,’’ Dortmund coach Bosz was quoted as saying. “We still have to improve our level of performance, today went very badly. We showed at times that we can play football very well,” he added.