A bunch of Europe’s most exciting attacking talents will go head to head in a mouth-watering UCL tie on the 6th of April, with kick-off at 20:00 (UK). The first leg of the quarter-final will be played in Etihad Stadium. After years of heartbreaks in ties where Manchester City were favourites, Pep will be looking forward to doing the simple things right with his in-form team. Europe’s top transfer target Haaland will find out how good is City to be a potential destination if he leaves Dortmund this summer. For Official Football Highlights, Soccer Live Score and Latest Transfer News download the Footylight app. (Download from Play Store)
- From The Press
- Form Guide
- In-Game Battle
- Match Facts
- Probable Starting Line-ups
From The Press
Pep Guardiola and Rodri attended the press this evening.
“In that age scoring that amount of goals is not easy to find. The numbers speak for themselves. When that happens it is because he can score right, left, counter, box, header. He’s a fantastic striker. Everybody knows it. A blind guy can realise he is a good striker. It is not necessary to be a manager.”Pep praised his opposition striker fondly
“We know the defensive side. They play with four dangerous players and have sometimes dynamic game. They break and try to punish you with counter-attacks. We have to control it but we don’t have to change our way of playing. We take the ball with responsibility and control counter-attacks and these type of players but the key of all of this is if we do a good performance our way and control in our way I think it will be good for us.”Rodri was more diplomatic
Did he just ask Pep not to experiment too much?
“We need to be at the top of our game in both legs; on it from the first second to the last, and maybe for extra time too. To overcome Manchester City would be something special. Guardiola is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the world. For almost 15 years his teams have dominated football.”German side’s coach Edin Terzic praised Pep on his presser
Lot of respect from each side. But surely the player’s won’t be friendly on Tuesday night. For Official Football Highlights, Soccer Live Score and Latest Transfer News download the Footylight app.
Manchester City will go into the tie with a run of 5 straight wins. They also have a good streak in Champions League where they haven’t conceded since the first game.
Form: W W W W W L
Latest: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City
Where they stand: 1st in Premier League
Borussia Dortmund are the more demoralized side in this tie. They’re struggling in the league but have a good streak in Champions League too, with a 7 game unbeaten streak.
Form: L D W D L W
Latest: Dortmund 1-2 Frankfurt.
Where they stand: 5th in Bundesliga
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It’s obviously Ruden Dias vs Erling Haaland. The leader of a solid backline with one of the best defensive numbers in Europe versus the most exciting young scorer who loves to take on the centre-halves and score anyhow. This mini war’s win-loss can add heavy weight to the leg result. Other players to watch are the English side’s German player Ilkay Gundogan and the German side’s English player Jude Bellingham.
- Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund met in the UEFA Champions League group stage in the 2012-13 season. The only two previous meetings between the sides: a 1-1 draw at the Etihad and a 1-0 Dortmund win at Signal Iduna Park. If City win on Tuesday night, it will be their first versus this German side.
- Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 UEFA Champions League matches against German opposition (D1) and have 12 wins against German teams in total – only Real Madrid (26), Barcelona (20) and Man Utd (13) have more victories against German sides. Time surpass neighbours?
- Manchester City have lost four of their five matches at the UEFA Champions League’s quarter-final stage under Pep Guardiola, with City going out at this stage in each of the last three seasons. Enough experience, time to build on it?
Manchester City 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
The odds are against Dortmund vs a relentless City side who set their eyes on the quest of an unprecedented quadruple. But Dortmund can go against the odds.
Probable Starting Line-ups
Manchester City (4-3-3)
As they are Pep’s side. 4-3-3 will be on paper only.
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1)
It has been confirmed that City academy graduate Jadon Sancho will miss the first leg for Dortmund.