Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City: CONFIRMED starting lineups

Ansgar Knauff and Erling Haaland look set to start against Manchester City. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)
Ansgar Knauff and Erling Haaland look set to start against Manchester City. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images) /
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Borussia Dortmund are set to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals this Wednesday. Both teams go into the game with something to prove, with a place in the semi finals on the line.

It has been a bit of a strange season for Borussia Dortmund thus far. The team’s league form has been far from the level that was expected from a side with a plethora of talent to speak of. They currently sit fifth in the league, seven points behind fourth place. And yet, despite their less than appealing league position, they are still very much alive in the Champions League. An away goal scored in their 2-1 loss to Manchester city last Tuesday means that Dortmund only need a 1-0 win to progress to the semi finals. This will prove to be a far more difficult task for Dortmund than that theoretical score-line suggests however. Dortmund’s defending has been abysmal at times this season, and if Manchester City are on their game, they could cause a lot of problems to Marwin Hitz in goal.

Despite their flip-flopping defensive form, Dortmund have been able to rise to the occasion when playing against stronger opposition. Against Sevilla, BVB showed that they still have the quality to cause problems to opposition teams and grind out a result if need be. The same can be said about the 2-1 loss to Man City. Even though they lost the first leg, the team was up for the game from the start, and baffling decisions from the referee aside, may have walked away with a well fought draw as well.

Going into the game, Dortmund will still be missing the likes of Jadon Sancho, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Yousoufa Moukoko. While Sancho has returned to individual training, the Manchester City game will come too early for the English international. The likes of Moukoko, Witsel and Zagadou have already been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Let us take a look at which players start for Die Schwarzgelben in the upcoming Champions League clash.

Goalkeeper: Marwin Hitz

Marwin Hitz has been Borussia Dortmund’s first choice goalkeeper since Roman Bürki fell out of favour earlier this year, and there’s no reason to think Edin Terzic will change things up between the sticks in such a crucial game.

There has been a lot of talk back and forth as to whether Hitz has indeed done a better job than Bürki since taking over. But right now Hitz has more match rhythm and confidence than his compatriot.