Borussia Dortmund have lost only one of their eight Champions League games so far this season, but a quarter-final clash with Manchester City may mean they’ve met their match. Pep Guardiola’s side have recorded three defeats in 47 games across all competitions this term and are 14 points clear at the Premier League summit (albeit having played a game more than most).
One only has to trace back 11 games to date Dortmund’s last three defeats, accumulating five wins across that span and currently sat seven points outside the Bundesliga’s top four. The Citizens host Tuesday’s opening leg in what will be their fourth consecutive Champions League quarter-final appearance, while the Black and Yellows return to the last eight for the first time since 2017.
What TV Channel is City-Dortmund on?
TUDN and Galavision will air each of this week’s Champions League quarter-final opening legs, with the action underway on Galavision at 3 p.m. ET in Manchester on Tuesday. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund
When: Tuesday, April 6
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
City scorched Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 over two legs in the last 16 and have another German target in their sights. That trend could continue in the next stage should they reach it, with the winner of this matchup facing either Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain in the semis.
It’s unfortunate Jadon Sancho likely won’t play any role in Dortmund’s trip to the Etihad Stadium, a site he once called home as a member of City’s youth setup. The England star missed the second leg of his side’s 5-4 aggregate win over Sevilla in the previous round and looks set to remain on the sidelines after sitting out their last four league games, per The Athletic’s Sam Lee.
The most recent of those was a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, when a late Andre Silva header appeared to consign Dortmund to a finish of fifth or lower this season:
That places even greater responsibility on coach Edin Terzic to make a success of the current European campaign, lest they miss out on Champions League soccer altogether next term.
Star striker Erling Haaland is another name with close links to City given his father, Alf-Inge, once represented the club. The Norway international has 10 Champions League goals so far this season—four more than any other—and has scored two in each of his last four European outings.
The offer of Champions League nights will be key to Dortmund retaining players like Sancho and Haaland, with the latter’s representatives already embarking on a tour to shop his services to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, per BBC Sport:
Still, even Haaland may struggle to break down a defense that’s kept clean sheets in its last four outings and has recorded just one defeat since the beginning of December. While Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou are also likely to sit out the first leg in Manchester, their hosts have a clean bill of health and were even able to rest some big names for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester City—their 26th in 27 games.
City are on course to claim a third Premier League crown in four seasons, while they’ll also play in the Carabao Cup final and face Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final later this month. Guardiola has yet to take his team past the Champions League quarter-finals in four previous attempts, but this year’s resilient streak may grant them the keys to break down past barriers:
This will be the first time these teams have met since July 2018, though three of their previous five encounters have been in friendly competitions. Dortmund boast the only win from their two competitive meetings during the 2012-13 Champions League group stage, when they were managed by Jurgen Klopp and went on to finish as runners-up to Bayern.
City finished bottom of their pool that year, but enough has changed since then to suggest Guardiola’s side hold the cards to record their maiden win in this fixture and advance.