Manchester City, who are the title favourites, will face a young and exciting Borussia Dortmund side on the 7th of April Tuesday. The first leg tie will be hosted at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
With their dominant performance this season, Manchester City will be expecting to finally break their quarter-final jinx under their manager Pep Guardiola. While Borussia Dortmund, who are struggling this season, will hope that a great performance will help them to build some much needed confidence for the reminder of the season.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Preview:
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will go into this knockout fixture as clear favourites. City Returned from the international break with a 2- 0 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League. They are cruising in the Premier League, placed at the top with 74 points from 31 games. They have a 14 point gap with the second-placed team, Manchester United, having played a game more. Their domination also extends to the Champions League, where they have won 7 of the 8 matches played. They have kept 7 clean sheets, conceding just one goal against the Portuguese side Porto in Gameweek 1 during this run.
Borussia Dortmund on the other hand is having a poor season. The German side is currently in 5th place in the Bundesliga. Their 2-1 loss at home to the fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, increased the gap in the table to 7 points. With just 7 more matches to go, it will be tough for Dortmund to finish in the top 4 and qualify for Champions League in the next season.
For Dortmund, winning the Champions League might be the only way to qualify for the competition in the next season. In addition, the lack of Champions League football could lead to the exodus of their superstars like Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho. Thus, the match on Tuesday will decide if they have any chance of securing the Champions League qualification the next season.
The only time the two clubs faced the competition was in the 2012-13 season in the group stage. This saw a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium and a 1-0 victory for Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park. For Pep Guardiola, this is a great opportunity to finally progress past the quarter-finals of the tournament with City. The Spanish manager, have lost 4 of the 5 matches at the quarter-final stage with City. While Dortmund will be hoping their Norwegian forward Erling Haaland continues his excellent goalscoring run. With 10 goals, Norway International is currently at the top of the Goalscorers chart.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Team News:
Manchester City goes into their home fixture with a fully fit squad. All their players are fit and Guardiola will have a tough decision to make when preparing the line-ups.
On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund has many of their key players missing. Reports suggest that their prolific winger Jadon Sancho will be out till the end of April while their teenage forward Youssoufa Moukoko is ruled out for the season with a ligament injury. They will also be without their young French centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou and the Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel.
Predicted Line-ups and Scoreline:
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias,Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Rahim Sterling
Borussia Dortmund: Marvin Hitz; Emre Can, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels; Raphael Guerriro; Jude Bellingham, Delaney, Dahoud; Marco Reus, Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard
Manchester City 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City with their impressive defense will prove too much for an inconsistent Borussi Dortmund. Unless and untill Dortmund can tighten their defense expect City to run away with the fixture in the first leg itself.