Its back to the Champions League tonight for the first leg of our last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion.
Borussia Dortmund have won their last six games, including a 2-0 Bundesliga victory away against Werder Bremen on Saturday. Dortmund sit third in the Bundesliga and they progressed to the knockout rounds as runners-up to Manchester City.
Chelsea, who won group E to progress, have just one win in seven league outings and come into tonight’s game off the back of yet another frustrating draw, this time against West Ham at the weekend.
Dortmund have failed to win any of their last 10 games against English sides in European competition including eight defeats but they’ve lost only four of their last 21 games at Westfalenstadion in the Champions League, so we might find it a struggle to take anything away from their fortress tonight, particularly given our form away from home this season.
Going into today’s game, Borussia Dortmund manager, Edin Terzic, says “In this competition, what has happened in the league in recent weeks does not count. It’s back to square one. We want to test ourselves at a high level across the two games. We want to prepare for that in the best possible way and put in a really good performance.
It’s not easy to analyse the whole thing. [Chelsea] have given up players and brought in key players. You don’t know exactly with which line-up they will perform here. As always, we will focus on ourselves. We will prepare for everything.”
Chelsea manager Graham Potter, meanwhile, says “It’s the knockout stage of the #UCL. The absolute pinnacle. A great test against a fantastic club. 80,000 fans here. A wonderful occasion. We are looking forward to it and understand the challenge. Really excited for it.
|Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea|
|Match:||Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea|
|Tournament:||Champions League Final Stage Round of 16|
|Match Date:||16 February 2023|
|Match Time:||1:30 am. Indian Time (UTC +5:30)|
🇩🇪 Dortmund XI: Kobel; Wolf, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Özcan, Emre Can; Adeyemi, Bellingham, Brandt; Haller
🏴 Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Enzo Fernández, Loftus-Cheek; João Félix, Ziyech, Mudryk; Havertz