Neither side is particularly quick to take the initiative. The Dortmunders prefer to play wait-and-see and punish the mistakes their opponents make, via sharpshooter Marcio Amoroso. In the opinion of German sports journalist Sebastian Palm Feyenoord will have to go for goal Wednesday, even if it doesn’t suit them. 'Dortmund are very dangerous on the counter, but they don’t like to be put under constant pressure. Earlier this season Bayer Leverkusen did just that and thumped Borussia 4-0. But obviously Feyenoord mustn’t give anything away at the back and that will be very difficult with players like Rosicky and Amoroso sniffing around.'
Note well, Tomas Rosicky is a big threat who will have to be starved of the ball. 'If he only gets half the balls, you only have half the problem,' as Johan Cruijff once said about Gianluca Vialli. Interesting, the Czech Rosicky was a ‘consolation prize’ for Borussia after Shinji Ono opted for Feyenoord, chairman Gerd Niebaum admitted last week in Dortmund. For Sebastian Palm however, the Germans didn’t draw the short straw. 'Rosicky has proved to be a good choice. This season he was a revelation in the Bundesliga and he will be a great player.'
Bert van Marwijk was unwilling to say just how he expected to neutralise Rosicky. All he would say was, 'I have thought about how you can stop him…'
Christoph Metzelder and Sebastian Kehl are regulars in the Dortmund defence, but neither plays this evening so Coach Sammer will be forced to improvise. That may be a red flag to Robin van Persie, just back from treatment on his back, and Bonaventure Kalou, the scourge of Inter. Van Marwijk is in a position to play his strongest eleven, save the absent Aussie Emerton. 'Much will depend on the form of our wingers,' according to the Feyenoord trainer. 'Borussia Dortmund rarely play with real backs. That will take some getting used to. We hope to benefit.'
Zoetebier; Gyan, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van
Persie (Leonardo); Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk
PROBABLE LINE-UP BORUSSIA
Lehmann; Heinrich, Wörns, Dede; Reuter (Evanilson), Oliseh, Ricken; Rosicky; Ewerthon (Addo), Koller, Amoroso.