Tuesday night saw Bayer Leverkusen face a struggling Bremen side who just this Friday past got hammered by Gladbach 5-1. But of course league form counts for nothing and to add an extra twist to the story it was Gladbach who Bremen beat to reach the quarter finals. Their victory that night was no fluke and neither was their well earned victory against Leverkusen. They worked hard to come back from behind which isn’t something they’ve exactly done a lot of in recent months. Though they’ve certainly had some standout games, like keeping the scoreline 1-0 against Bayern, beating Schalke 3-1 and recently coming from behind against Hertha to draw 3-3. Holding Bayern to a 1-0 scoreline is even more impressive when you consider they had the worst defence in the league last year and that they beat them I think 6-0 last season, or was it seven, I can’t remember. Point is they hammered them.
Anyhow, Bremen are through to the semi finals and so far I’m two for two in my predictions because as expected Dortmund beat Stuttgart. The clash had an added dimension to it with connections on both sides, Thomas Tuchel having coached the youth side at Stuttgart and two former Dortmund players in the form of Mitchell Langerak (who played in last season’s DFB Pokal final for them) and defender Kevin Groβkreutz now playing for Stuttgart. Unsurprisingly Stuttgart proved to have a little bit of fight in them and not only did they manage to find an equaliser to Marco Reus’ fifth minute goal but they were still in the game right until the end. Dortmund went 2-1 up thanks to another fine goal from Aubayemang but it wasn’t until the 89th minute that they put the game out of a Stuttgart’s reach with a goal from Henrik Mhkitaryan. Given how it was the 89th minute Roman Bürki wasn’t going to allow himself to be left out of the celebrations and so Neuer style he joined his team-mates to celebrate the goal. Though if he’d been a bit more like Neuer, he obviously wouldn’t have had so far to run. The other amusing moment of the night comes once again from Thomas Tuchel, in terms of GIFs he’s proving to be almost as good as Jogi when it comes to providing material for such things:
Full match of Stuttgart v Dortmund, including the pre-match and post-match show:
Full match of Leverkusen v Bremen:
Thomas Tuchel interviews:
Marco Reus interviews:
Pictures from Dortmund’s game: