Dortmund aiming to save season

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German champions Borussia Dortmund hope to rescue their season when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League last-16 second leg tonight having lost out on all the other titles so far.

After winning back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as the German Cup last year, Dortmund are now left with only Europe’s premier club competition to fight for.

Rivals Bayern Munich have all but secured their first Bundesliga title since 2010 with a huge lead and eliminated Dortmund from the German Cup last Wednesday. “We have never said this is a bad season for us,” said midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski. “Obviously we want to win the championship but this season Bayern are very strong. But we still have a chance to make the Champions League quarter- finals.”

Dortmund drew 2-2 in the first leg in Ukraine.