Analysing Borussia Dortmund's potential Champions League round of 16 opponents

Following Borussia Dortmund's first place finish in the UEFA Champions League 'group of death’, we profile all the possible opponents they could draw in the round of 16.

Borussia Dortmund are set to discover their Champions League last 16 opponents on Monday
Borussia Dortmund are set to discover their Champions League last 16 opponents on Monday / Leon Kuegeler/GettyImages
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FC Copenhagen stunned Manchester United en route to the last 16 / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

FC Porto

The Portuguese giants have two Champions League trophies in their history, with their most recent success coming almost 20 years ago in 2004 with José Mourinho.

These days, the ‘Dragons’ are most known for their successes in Portugal rather than in Europe, but qualification into the last 16 means that they are the only representatives from Portugal as Benfica and Braga were relegated to the Europa League.

Sergio Conceiçao’s side are one of the competition’s most romantic underdogs left and from their perspective, Dortmund may be the most favourable draw for them. Two losses against FC Barcelona formed their only losses in the group stages, as they won their remaining 4 games as routinely as they would have hoped for.

The last time that Porto and Dortmund clashed was in the 2015/16 season of the Europa League, where Dortmund ran out as the two-legged winners thanks to an own goal by Iker Casillas.

FC Copenhagen

The Danish giants written off by many when the draw was made, but produced resilient and inspired performances against the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Galatasaray to make it through to the last 16.

FC Copenhagen comprise of the Champions League’s biggest shock story of this season so far as they qualified with a 1-0 win on Matchday 6, with Lukas Lerager scoring the winning goal. Impressive wins against the Red Devils and Galatasaray were enough to secure their place, however a bonus point against Bayern and an undeserved loss at Old Trafford rounded off a fantastic series of games from Jacob Neestrup - their 35 year old coach.

Lerager was sent off in their final group stage clash and will not be available for the first leg of the round of 16. However, the Champions League has provided a platform for the likes of Roony Bardghji and Elias Achouri to mesmerise and showcase their immense potential.

Whilst Copenhagen should certainly not be written off, every group winner - including Borussia Dortmund will be hoping for a draw with the team that currently sits 3rd in the Danish Superliga.

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