Champions League Preview: Dortmund vs Tottenham….

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Venue: Signal Iduna Park

Date: 5th March, 2019.

Time: 21:00 (Nigeria time)

·         Borussia Dortmund have a mountain to climb to progress here. In European cup history, teams that have lost 3-0 in the first-leg away and turned it around are just seven out of 130 times (5.38%). The Germans have, however, won half of the 16 UEFA ties where they lost the first-leg on the road.
·         At the mighty Signal Iduna Park (Westfalen stadium), it seems as though nothing is impossible. Dortmund have already won with a scoreline that would secure at least extra-time on four occasions this season – with two of them coming in the Champions League (CL), against Monaco and Atletico Madrid.
·         Tottenham are firmly in the driving seat though, and stand an excellent chance of reaching the CL quarter-finals for only the second time ever. Mauricio Pochettino’s men make their way to Dortmund after winning the first-leg 3-0 – importantly conceding no ‘away’ goals.
·         Encouragingly for the travelling contingent, the club’s 3-0 defeat here in 2016 is the sole blot across Tottenham’s last five visits to Germany (W2, D2, L1). Furthermore, they remain the best away side over in the Premier League this season (W11, L4).
·         Tottenham have conceded three goals or more in just one away match this season, and have not yet lost by more than a two goal margin (in all competitions). Goals could be expected though, as they’ve conceded in five straight road trips.
·        Players to watch: Rumoured to be fit again, Dortmund MVP Marco Reus has six goals in his last nine competitive matches. Tottenham’s own ace in the pack, Harry Kane, has three goals in three matches against Dortmund.

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