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UCL: Dortmund v Manchester City Preview

This is a clash between two exciting teams as Manchester City, who have a slim 2-1 lead, will be travelling to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund, who are aiming to play their first Champions League final since 2013 Signal Iduna Park.

There have been three Champions League meetings between these two teams, including the first leg, with Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund winning 1 game each, while the other match ended in a draw.

Manchester City will have all their players available for this clash, with no injuries and no suspensions. Dortmund, on the other hand, will be without Jadon Sancho, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Youssoufa Moukoko, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Axel Witsel, and Marcel Schmelzer due to injury.

Dortmund manager, Edin Terzić spoke about the beliefs in the team. He said: “The belief here is great, but that alone will not be enough. We have shown that we can hold out against top teams. It will be a brutally difficult task, we have to work hard and be courageous tomorrow.”

On Erling Haaland, he said: “Erling Haaland was an extremely important factor for us in the last few games, even if he didn’t score. He’s always running and binds players. As a team, we of course hope that he scores again soon.”

He continued on the development of the young boys in his squad: “The development of Jude Bellingham does not surprise anyone here. 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.”

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola expresses his delight in playing in the quarterfinal. He said: “It’s a pleasure to be again here [in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals]. Next season it will be again because we have already qualified for the Champions League. We train, fly there, have a good dinner. We are looking forward to it. Nothing is guaranteed. We had a good result in our first game. We will play to try and win.”

Speaking on their plans, he added: “We have to try and execute our plan. 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.”

On qualifying for next season’s Champions League, Pep said: We are already the first [team] qualified for the Champions League [2021/22]. 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.”

Both teams struggled at the weekend with Man City losing 2-1 at home to 10-man Leeds United, while Dortmund fought hard to a 3-2 away win over Stuttgart. The Cityzens have not gone beyond the quarterfinal under Pep Guardiola and they will have to get at least a draw in this clash to progress. This will be a tough task and it may end in a draw.

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