Omer Toprak is adamant Borussia Dortmund should not viewing the Europa League as a “losers’ cup” as they bid to atone for his or her Champions League disappointment.
Dortmund suffered an early exit within the continent’s premier membership competitors, ending third behind Tottenham and Actual Madrid in Group H with simply two factors from their six matches.
Third within the Bundesliga, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by 19 factors, and out of the DFB-Pokal, the Europa League represents Dortmund’s solely practical hope of silverware this season.
They host Atalanta within the first leg of the round-of-32 on Thursday, and defender Toprak insists Dortmund are extremely motivated to achieve the ultimate in Lyon on Might 16.
“We don’t see the Europa League as a “losers’ cup” while you see the opponents on this competitors,” he mentioned at a media convention.
“We want to show that we are Dortmund and want to go to Lyon.”
Ought to they defeat Atalanta, Dortmund’s path to the showpiece seems set to be a tough one, with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli and RB Leipzig dropping into the competitors from the Champions League and becoming a member of the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan and Marseille within the draw.
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However coach Peter Stoger will not be wanting past their instant opponents, who completed prime of Group E forward of Lyon and Everton, thrashing the Premier League facet 5-1 at Goodison Park, and are eighth in Serie A.
“Atalanta are very well organised. They make the midfield tight,” Stoger mentioned. “Atalanta won’t be a giant identify in Germany however they’ve confirmed that they’ll defeat large groups.
“I all the time have nice respect for groups which might be effectively organised and struggle as a unit.
“We all saved the date [for the final]. Despite the great opposition, you can always advance in two games.”
Ahead Marco Reus made his first look of the season in Saturday’s 2-Zero win over Hamburg having recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in final season’s Pokal ultimate.
Requested about Reus’ situation, Stoger replied: “Marco Reus makes a good impression. He looks like he’s feeling well and normally means that he can play.”