The illuminated yellow flying buttresses that help sustain the roof of the mammoth Signal Iduna Park trim the leaden sky of the mining Dortmund. On the ground floor of the largest stadium in Germany (81,000 spectators), in the famous Strobels, one of those beer, sausage and hamburger restaurants on wooden tables that will be a hotbed before and after the game, a group of women dressed in the club's clothes chat and they photograph themselves enthusiastically. On the shirt of one of them you can read Etche Liebe(true love), the slogan of one of the most thunderous fans of European football. At Atlético he waits for that noisy and incessant fever that springs from the shocking Yellow Wall, the biggest tribune in Europe with a 35% inclination welcomes 25,000 foot fans.
Under the direction of the daring Swiss coach Lucien Favre, the Borussia Dortmund lead the Bundesliga with a football that oozes speed and the freshness of young talent embodied in the figure of the English youth Jadon Sancho and in the twinkling unbalance will happen to be Marco Reus again. At Atletico awaits a team that is an offensive cyclone that can miss Paco Alcácer's goalscorer drunkenness, which yesterday was not trained by muscle discomfort. Dortmund averages three goals per game (27 in eight Bundesliga games and four in two of the Champions League) and has conceded eight, none in Europe. "Against Atlético we have to be patient, leave very few spaces and close very well with the 4-4-2, there will be few scoring opportunities and we will have to take advantage of them. They are very strong behind, "warns Reus. For Favre, the figure of Griezmann will be transcendental in the development of the encounter: "His strength is efficiency, he is very skillful with the ball, has a great contact with the ball and finishes directly. He can make plays from the sidelines, he has a good shot at first and in situations of one against one he is very skilled. He also scores in front as against Germany, has a great capacity to surprise and we must play in a very smart way against him ".
At Atlético, the match comes after the doubts that generated the minor team match that deployed in Vila-real. It will be interesting to see his performance as a whole against an opponent so aggressive that he will squeeze with or without the ball. Simeone has recovered for the occasion to Diego Costa, although he has lost Giménez, his central more fit, due to injury. "The presence of Diego gives us physical strength, spirit, transmits character to the team, he was stopped, we will see if he starts or not, but he is seen with enthusiasm and when he is like this, he deludes the fans, the teammates and also the body technical, "Simeone said.
"We are going to find ourselves with a very strong team, with confidence and with the atmosphere that their supporters transmit. It is the first in the German league. Possibly they are at their best, you have to play with the intelligence and wisdom that the match requires, "warned Simeone from Dusseldorf, the city where Atlético is concentrated, disturbed at midnight when the hotel alarms went off. 60 kilometers away, in Dortmund, he is measured by an offensive cyclone.