Dortmund’s Schlotterbeck Reveals Plan to Stop Bellingham in Champions League Final

Dortmund Prepares for Showdown Against Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund star Nico Schlotterbeck has shared his strategy for facing former teammate Jude Bellingham in the Champions League final. Dortmund is set to take on Real Madrid at Wembley on Saturday, aiming to win Europe’s top club competition for only the second time in their history.

Dortmund has had an impressive journey to the final, defeating teams like Atletico Madrid and PSG, despite finishing fifth in the Bundesliga. However, Real Madrid boasts a formidable attacking trio with Bellingham, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo. Schlotterbeck detailed Dortmund’s plan to counter them.

“I know Jude well—we played together for a year,” Schlotterbeck said. “He can do everything: run with the ball, run without it, dribble, shoot. We have to be very careful. Their wingers are strong dribblers, and every player struggles against them. We must work as a team. If we control their three offensive players, we have a chance to win.”

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham is still well-liked in Dortmund despite his move to Real Madrid last summer. During his time with Dortmund, he scored 24 goals and provided 25 assists. This season, he has elevated his game even further, contributing 35 goals in 41 matches for Real Madrid.

Julian Brandt, another former Dortmund teammate of Bellingham, believes Dortmund can defy the odds and win, aiming to avenge their 2013 final defeat to Bayern Munich. “Our Champions League season has shown what we can do against top teams. Real Madrid is the ultimate opponent, but we believe in ourselves,” Brandt said.

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Dortmund’s coach, Edin Terzic, acknowledged the challenge of facing Carlo Ancelotti’s team but urged his players to aim high. “We are ready to compete at the highest level. If you play Real Madrid 10 times, it’s very difficult. But in a one-off final, anything is possible. We don’t care about them being favorites. We are here to compete, not to watch them lift the trophy. If we are brave, we have a chance.”

Terzic expressed confidence in his team’s preparation and excitement for the final. “We can do it. We’ve won games to get here, and the best celebrations are often unplanned. I feel we can have the best party tomorrow. I’m confident because we are well-prepared.”

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