This is a clash between arguably the most in-form team in Europe’s top leagues, and one of the most out-of-form teams, as Manchester City will be welcoming Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium.
There have been two Champions League meetings between these two teams, with Borussia Dortmund winning 1 game and the other match ending in a draw. Manchester City have never won this tie in the competition.
Manchester City have all their players available for this clash with no suspension nor injury. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, will be without Youssoufa Moukoko, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel, and Marcel Schmelzer due to injury.
Speaking ahead of the game, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola said: “When I analyse a team, I never see the table. It is a football game and it starts from 0-0. We have two legs and the team that plays better will go through. When I was in Munich, [Dortmund] were our big rivals. Every year we had to fight against them. We played three years, the first season with Jürgen Klopp and after with Thomas Tuchel. We played two times, the cup final.”
He added: “Everyone in this club and other clubs wants to go as far as possible. One thing is what we want, and after the facts you have to show it on the grass and beat the opponents, as we have done many times in all competitions. I want to be honest with you. I’ve prepared this game like I prepared the previous one, and the one before that, and all the games in the last two to four months.”
Dortmund manager, Edin Terzić hailed Manchester City, while expressing his disappointment on their loss over the weekend. He said: “We’re disappointed with our performance on Saturday. The criticism that we have to take right now is completely justified. But we don’t have to take it negatively. We have the quality and now we are responsible for showing it. City are currently the strongest team in the world with incredible quality. It’s an exciting task where we need to show our top performance across both matches.”
He continued: “City will hold a lot of possession, we have to assume that tomorrow. They like to tire their opponents out in order to open up space. When we have the ball, we have to get going. That is when it becomes difficult to stop us.”
Manchester City have been in fine form, and they went 23 games winning streak, and after the loss, they have also won all games, but the story is different from Dortmund, who have been inconsistent. This looks like a clash for Pep Guardiola’s men.