4-1 aggregate leads turn out to be helpful: Borussia Dortmund have reached the Champions League final despite a 2-0 loss to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Dortmund's 20-year midfield star was forced out of today's Champions League match with an apparent hamstring injury.
Borussia Dortmund may feel hard done-by over losing Mario Götze to Bayern Munich, but it's the simple economics of a football food chain.
There's only four games left in the Bundesliga season, and five teams are currently in the running for Germany's fourth spot in next season's Champions League.
Without a Champions League triumph, Real Madrid and Dortmund will probably be remembered as good teams, but not great ones. Tonight they have a chance to change that.
With Mario Götze's departure possibly setting the tone for further sales, Borussia Dortmund need to enjoy this Champions League run while it lasts.