Dortmund deep in the doldrums as meeting with Manchester City looms | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund are seven points off the top four and may face a wait for big Champions League nights beyond this season

As the full-time whistle sounded, Eintracht Frankfurt’s coaching staff embraced but tried to hold something back, conscious that their season’s work was not yet complete. Such is the hole that Borussia Dortmund have dug themselves already this season, however, that there was already a feeling of a full stop having been inked.

If there was a sense this weekend that some teams on the continent had more than half an eye on their Champions League commitments in the upcoming midweek, Dortmund had neither the time nor the comfort to project that far ahead. The prospect of a visit to Premier League leaders Manchester City would have to wait if they were to keep their hopes of sharing the same competitive air again next season.

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