Watzke after Real Madrid draw: Dortmund wanted 'something different'

The BVB chief admits the Bundesliga side would have liked to avoid the team it overcame in the last four of last season's premier club cup competition.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke conceded the Bundesliga club would have preferred “something different” after being paired with Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

BVB beat los Blancos in the semis last season before going on to lose the tournament decider to Bayern Munich at Wembley.

But with the current Dortmund side devastated by injuries, Watzke was downbeat at Friday’s draw in Nyon.

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“We would have liked something different,” he told Sky Sports. “We played Real four times last year but we take it as it is. We look forward to meeting probably the biggest club in the world again.”

Striker Robert Lewandowski scored all four goals as Dortmund thrashed Madrid 4-1 in the first leg of last year's semifinal last April but will miss this year's trip to the Santiago Bernabeu due to suspension.

His absence, plus injuries to Jakub Blaszczykowski, Lars Bender, Ilkay Gundogan, Marcel Schmelzer, Nevan Subotic and Marco Reus and the departure of Mario Gotze to Bayern, mean it will be a very different side taking on Carlo Ancelotti’s men this time round.

Watzke added: “Our problem is half the team that defeated Real last year will not be there.” 

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