The Bundesliga winter break is long gone, and football fans can now look forward to the fast-approaching return of the Champions League.
In less than two weeks, Dortmund travel to Donetsk to face Shakhtar in the Round of 16.
BVB were dominant in the group stage, finishing atop Group D with 14 points, ahead of Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City. Only PSG had a more impressive points tally (15), and the competition they faced in Porto, Dynamo Kyiv and Dinamo Zagreb was decidedly less than that posed by the Spanish, English, and Dutch champions in Group D.
Still, Dortmund have much to prove as they enter the round of 16. After all, thus far they have only proven to be one of the top 16 clubs in Europe—not the best or even one of the top five or 10.
They must also face a Shakhtar side that knocked defending champions Chelsea out of the competition, beating the Blues at the Donbass Arena.
The table is now set for an exciting clash between Dortmund and Shakhtar. With the Champions League just around the corner, read on for analysis of the key factors that could tip the tie in either direction.