Champions League Preview | Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

After starting their Champions League campaign with a comfortable away win against Sevilla, Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund on matchday two. It will be a reunion for four Manchester City players as Ilkay Gündoğan, Erling Haaland, Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez face their old side.

Borussia Dortmund come into this game at the back of a 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. They will look to quickly bounce back and get something from this challenging fixture.

The two sides recently met in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2021 and Manchester City came out 2-1 winners in both legs to progress to the semi-final. Edin Terzić was the man in charge of Borussia Dortmund at that time and he will be tasked with stopping former striker Haaland, who hasn’t stopped scoring since his move to England with 12 goals in eight games across all competitions for Pep Guardiola.

Results in the last five matches:

Manchester City: D-W-W-D-W

Borussia Dortmund: L-W-W-W-L

Team News

Kyle Walker didn’t train on Tuesday morning is a doubt for the game while Aymeric Laporte has returned to team training. João Cancelo is expected to start at right-back with Gomez filling in at left-back.

Borussia Dortmund have been hit with several injuries over the past few weeks and will be without key attacking players. Donyell Malen and Karim Adeyemi are sidelined for longer than expected and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens is unlikely to play again in 2022. Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle are expected to be paired in defence.

Probable XIs:

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson – Cancelo, Dias, Akanji, Gomez – Gündoğan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne – Alvarez, Haaland, Foden.

Borussia Dortmund ( 4-2-3-1): Meyer – Guerreiro, Schlotterbeck, Süle, Wolf – Özcan, Bellingham – Reyna, Reus, Brandt- Modeste.

Manchester City are favourites but Borussia Dortmund aren’t without a chance. If Terzić’s side manage to keep Haaland quiet then they can get something out of this game. The question for the Black and Yellows is whether they will be able to create decent chances to trouble Ederson.

Brook Genene

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