Mario Gotze believes Borussia Dortmund can take inspiration from Liverpool and Tottenham’s European comebacks ahead of their Bundesliga title decider.
Dortmund closed to within two points of leaders Bayern Munich ahead of next weekend’s season finale after defeating Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2 on Saturday. Christian Pulisic, Thomas Delaney and Gotze were the scorers.
It will be the first time in nine years that a Bundesliga title race has gone right down to the wire. Nonetheless, Bayern are still expected to win a seventh consecutive crown.
But Gotze believes BVB should look to Liverpool and Spurs for inspiration following their incredible comebacks in the Champions League over the past week.
Both English teams came back from 3-0 aggregate deficits in their respective semi-final ties to reach the Champions League final.
“Those games showed us exactly what is possible in football,” German midfielder Gotze told the Bundesliga website.
“It can all happen in the blink of an eye, even if a Champions League semi-final is a completely different type of situation. But it proved how much is possible and that’s why BVB still have something to play for this season.”
Bayern will face sixth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt for the final day. The Eagles will be determined to avoid defeat to preserve their Europa League spot for next season as Wolfsburg are just two points behind in seventh.
Meanwhile, Gotze and Dortmund will have a tricky trip to Borussia Monchengladbach. Like the visitors, Gladbach still have plenty to play for as they’re only ahead of Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference in fourth place and the final Champions League spot.
“It goes without saying that it’s a special situation. For us, it’s important to detach the game against Gladbach from everything,” said Gotze.
“For us, it’s a crucial away game that we want to, and have to, win. It’s like a final and that’s how we have to approach the game.
“Of course, some of the points that we didn’t pick up, are more frustrating now. But that’s how it is, it’s part of it, but none of it counts anymore. Now we’ve got one game left, there are three points on offer and we want them all.”
Gotze has previously won three Bundesliga titles at Bayern and two with Dortmund.