A game that will see two teams playing some of the best football on the continent go head to head, fighting for the chance to call themselves kings of Europe. The first leg ended 2-1 in favor of Manchester City, with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, and Marco Reus finding the net. Why does this game hold such an appeal? Whoever progressed can be considered as one of the favorites to win the competition.
Borussia Dortmund come into the tie trailing by one goal, meaning a 1-0 win will be more than enough for them to progress into the next round. Coach Edin Terzic is trying to rally his troops and get them prepared for the forthcoming tie, give they’ve endured somewhat mixed fortunes in recent games, winning two, losing two, and drawing one in all competitions.
Manchester City take an advantage of one goal to the Signal Iduna Park, so they’ll still have to finish the job. Mastermind Pep Guardiola will look shake things up and possibly deploy more careful tactics, as he looks to hold on to the lead from the first leg. City are in a rich vein of form which was somewhat disturbed by their loss in the hands of Leeds at the weekend.
In terms of squad health, BVB have some key players missing for the forthcoming tie, with Axel Witsel, Axel-Zagadou, and Jadon Sancho all out injured, while Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are subject to fitness tests. Man City have a clean bill of health, with Sergio Aguero being the only absentee, after reinjuring himself while recovering.
Will Man City’s season continue in the same glorious fashion, or will BVB re-establish themselves as one of the favorites? Punters and bookies all come up with their own views of the game, but one thing is for sure - we’re in for a thriller of a match that will surely contain a lot of passion and tinkering on both sides.