Dortmund’s Ryerson confident ahead of Milan trip: “We saw that we can beat them”

By Oliver Fisher -

Julian Ryerson believes that Borussia Dortmund are more than capable of beating AC Milan, something which they demonstrated in the first meeting between the sides.

Dortmund have found themselves leading the group after four rounds of action in the Champions League thanks to winning both away and at home against Newcastle United. That puts them in the driving seat heading into tomorrow night’s game.

Milan ended their four-game winless run in the league on Saturday night as they beat Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to Theo Hernandez’s penalty, gaining points on Juventus and Inter who played out a 1-1 draw last night. They also beat PSG last time out in Europe to keep their progression hopes alive.

Ryerson spoke on Dortmund’s official channels on the eve of tomorrow night’s game at San Siro, with his comments relayed by PianetaMilan, and he exuded a sense of confidence that they can secure their last 16 spot.

“In such a difficult group, we still have everything in our own hands. We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to have beaten Newcastle twice. We got a draw against Milan, we could have won the match but they also had some dangerous chances. And in Paris things they didn’t go well, even though there were opportunities for us in the match. It’s a good starting point, now we have to close out the games.

“We won away at Newcastle, that too was a difficult match. Against Milan at home we saw that we can beat them. Now it’s away, but we still go there with confidence as the first in the group and we want to qualify there.

“San Siro atmosphere? I don’t know, I’m simply happy. I’ve never played there before, but I heard positive things from friends who had already been there.”

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  1. This Dortmund cocky players talking a lot. Fullkrug was also saying that they could easily beat us. We really have to beat the crap out of them honestly. We can lose to any team but not to this arrogants

  2. “San Siro atmosphere? I don’t know, I’m simply happy. I’ve never played there before, but I heard positive things from friends who had already been there.”

    Yeah. Go ask Dollarumma. 🙂

  3. They beat Newcastle twice because Newcastle is currently having an even worse injury crisis than Milan. Plus they lost Tonali. In their most recent several matches, including the two against BvB, they have been playing their second string in a number of positions, and were down to their academy players and a couple of guys leftover from their Championship days as backups.
    Plus, Newcastle plays in a similar style as they do – high backline, gegenpressing, rapid transitions (most of the Bundesliga plays like this now, even the bad teams). So they knew how to beat that sort of a team, especially one that was really suffering from injuries.
    Milan should try to stay away from a high backline and go to a low or mid block, and hit THEIR high backline with some through passes.

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