The COVID-19 pandemic meant fewer spectators at games in the first Bundesliga division. Borussia Dortmund’s first match of the season was against Borussia Mönchengladbach to a crowd of 6,918 on 19 September 2020, followed by home fixtures against SC Freiburg (10,548 spectators) and FC Schalke 04 (272 spectators). As the pandemic progressed, the rest of the season was played behind closed doors.
Borussia Dortmund chalked up 64 points in the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season to finish in third place and qualify directly for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in the 2021/2022 season.
UEFA Champions League
Borussia Dortmund advanced from the group stage to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after finishing top of group F with four wins, one draw and one loss. The team celebrated a 3:2 victory in the first leg against Sevilla FC before drawing 2:2 at home to reach the quarter-finals, where it suffered close defeats to Manchester City in both legs and was knocked out of the competition.
The team faced MSV Duisburg, Eintracht Braunschweig, SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Mönchengladbach on its way to resounding victories against Holstein Kiel in the semi-final and RB Leipzig in the final. This was the fifth time that Borussia Dortmund has lifted the DFB Cup, and the team qualified for the DFL Super Cup in the 2021/2022 season.