Pep Guardiola is on the cusp of reaching his first UEFA Champions League semi-final as Manchester City manager, but Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall is a daunting last hurdle to scale. The Citizens bring a 2-1 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at the Westfalenstadion, where they lost in their only previous visit (December 2012). Marco Reus cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s breakthrough to stir up drama at the Etihad Stadium last week, but City product Phil Foden struck at the death to secure what could prove a crucial lead coming to Gelsenkirchen:
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City are in the driver's seat but far from the chequered flag entering Wednesday’s second leg against Dortmund, which kicks off on Galavision at 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City
When: Tuesday, April 13
Where: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Avoiding defeat in Dortmund will guarantee City’s place in the semi-finals opposite either Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain, but the Black and Yellows possess the ability to sting as much as any other European attack. Edin Terzic’s side ended a three-match winless run by beating Stuttgart 3-2 on Saturday, though it’s a concern that was only their second win in seven games.
Dortmund’s trip to the Etihad was the first Champions League fixture this season in which Erlind Haaland has failed to score, enduring a rare three-game stretch without hitting the back of the net. Guardiola assured he was well aware of the Norwegian’s threat even before he came up short against City, but keeping Haaland quiet for another 90 minutes is a daunting challenge for defenders:
City’s first-leg victory was their sixth in succession at the time, but a partially rotated side suffered a 2-1 disappointment at home to Leeds United in their follow-up fixture on Saturday. Aymeric Laporte was rested for that outing and is fit for the trip to Germany, but Sergio Aguero is sidelined for the away leg.
Former Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will make his first trip back to the Westfalenstadion since leaving the club for City in 2016, and the Germany playmaker remarked on the impact it will have with no fans in attendance:
The duo of Reus and Mats Hummels are being assessed for slight injuries ahead of the home leg, while it’s known that Axel Witsel, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Youssoufa Moukoko and Marcel Schmelzer will play no part.Jadon Sancho returned to individual training shortly before his former club's visit to the Westfalenstadion, but he too won’t be ready in time to face off with his old employers:
Goals look guaranteed in Gelsenkirchen given Dortmund have scored in their past 38 games, while the Citizens are riding a 15-game win streak away from home. Guardiola’s men have been victim to a quarter-final curse in the Champions League and exited the competition at this stage in each of the past four editions. The Premier League leaders will end that drought as long as they don’t lose to Dortmund, who are well within comeback reach as they look to snatch one of the berths in the final four.