Gotze predicts Borussia Dortmund success in Champions League despite 'very difficult' group

Borussia Dortmund did not make it through the Champions League group stage last term, but Mario Gotze expects more this season.

Borussia Dortmund's Germany international Mario Gotze   -  Bongarts

Mario Gotze concedes that Borussia Dortmund has a "very difficult" Champions League group, but expects the Bundesliga side to exceed last season's poor performance in the competition.

Dortmund failed to win any of its group games in 2017-18 having been paired with Real Madrid, Tottenham and Cypriot club APOEL, against whom it drew twice.

Lucien Favre's men have a similarly tough task this term, with Dortmund set to take on Club Brugge in Wednesday's opener before games with Monaco and Atletico Madrid.

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Dortmund reached the 2012-13 final, losing to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, and Gotze believes his team can be a threat in the competition again.

"We had a pretty difficult group last season, that's something you shouldn't forget about. Sure, two points from six games were far too few [to qualify for the knockout round]. We also had APOEL in our group and wanted to go to the next round. That's our goal for this season, too," Gotze told Omnisport

"We know that we have a very difficult group. Our first game will be tough in Brugge. But, despite that we have good chances to get very far with this team. That needs to be our expectation and we want to reach that."

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"It's definitely not going to be easy. Especially, not with Atletico in our group as well as Monaco and Brugge. It's going to be a huge challenge."

"In general it's very important to me. I have already won the Bundesliga title and the DFB-Pokal a few times, so the Champions League is pretty attractive for me. It's very difficult to win, I know that."

"But, it's a very exciting trophy and I want to win it. That's why the trophy has got a huge meaning for me personally."

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Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 4-1 in its first Bundesliga game of the season, but was, then, held to a goalless draw by Hannover.

Gotze, though, feels there are other ways to measure Dortmund's success under new coach Favre, who took charge after leaving Nice.

"I think two things are important. Not only the result at the end of the season and if you make it in the Champions League or not, but also the way you achieve your goals is important as well," Gotze added.

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"Did you play attractive football to watch? Was it possible to give the fans a good feeling? And of course, did you play consistently for many weeks?"

"People have to rate you as good both on and off the pitch. That's all necessary to have the right result at the end. I think that they are the important things in the coming season."