Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City line-ups
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Emre Can, Dahoud, Bellingham, Reus, Knauff, Haaland.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo.
Team news …
Pep makes one change from the City team that won in the first leg. Oleksandr Zinchenko steps up in place of Joao Cancelo at left back.
Borussia Dortmund field the same side that started against City in Manchester last week. Despite concerns about their fitness, both Marco Reus and Mats Hummels start.
A sombre anniversary
It was four years ago this week that Borussia Dortmiund’s players were the victims of a targeted attack, when three explosive devices were detonated beside their team bus as it transported them to their stadium for a match against Monaco.
Mercifully, just one player, Marc Bartra, was injured in the attack. Now at Real Betis, the Spanish defender had to go undergo surgery for lacerations to his hand caused by broken glass from the bus windows.
The following November, a 29-year-old Russian-German electrician named in court only as Sergej W, in line with German privacy laws, was sentenced to 14 years in the Big House after being found guilty of 28 counts of attempted murder.
Edin Terzic has his say
“Erling Haaland was an extremely important factor for us in the last few games, even if he didn’t score,” said Dortmund’s manager, upon being asked about his star striker’s barren spell in front of goal. “He’s always running and binds players. As a team, we of course hope that he scores again soon.”
On Jude Bellingham: “The development of Jude Bellingham does not surprise anyone here,” he said. “We see how he trains and works. He’s a great talent and a fantastic player, but above all he’s young. We support him everywhere and try to develop him in the best possible way.”
Pep Guardiola’s pre-match thoughts
“We have to try and execute our plan,” he told reporters. “It doesn’t matter what happens in the first leg, you have a chance in the second. Our idea is to go there and do as best as possible and let them feel we are not going to defend what we got here. We want to impose our game to win the game.
“We are already the first [team] qualified for [next season’s] Champions League. So now, 11 years in a row we will be in the Champions League. No team in the Premier League has ever done 11 in a row, that is fantastic. For sure, nobody will give it to us – we have to do it.”
Early team news
Sergio Aguero has picked up another injury and missed out on the trip to Germany, while Aymeric Laporte is back in training after missing Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Leeds but may not be sufficiently recovered to play any role tonight.
For Dortmund, Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel, Dan Axel-Zagadou and Marcel Scmelzer are all sidelined, while Mats Hummels and Marco Reus were to be assessed ahead of kick-off after picking up knocks. Without a goal in his past six games for club and country, Erling Haaland will start up front.
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City (Agg: 1-2)
There’s a place in the last four up for grabs and Manchester City are in the box-seat to get it following their first leg win by the odd goal of three at the Etihad Stadium. Left to rue a Jude Bellingham shot into an empty goal cancelled out by a premature whistle from the referee, Dortmund were a little hard done by.
They do, however, have an away goal to show for their efforts in Manchester and can go into tonight’s game safe in the knowledge they are capable of giving City a decent game. Kick-off at the BVB Stadion is at 8pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.