Preview: Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund

Preview: Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City’s pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple continues on Tuesday when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Pep Guardiola’s side easily overcame Borussia Monchengladbach to advance to the last eight, while Dortmund made hard work of their battle with Sevilla, but they eventually got over the line to set up a tie with City.

Pep Guardiola has downplayed Man City’s chances of securing a quartet of trophies this season, but the Premier League leaders are inching ever closer to their first crown of the season after a dominant 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday evening.

City could not make their dominance count in the first 45 minutes, but second-half strikes from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus saw the runaway leaders move 17 points clear at the top of the rankings, and another four wins from their remaining seven matches would see them wrestle the crown off Liverpool after a phenomenal campaign.

Guardiola’s dominance of the Premier League has been evident for the past few years, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is still waiting for that elusive first Champions League crown at the Etihad, and the Manchester giants have seen their European journeys end in the quarter-finals three seasons in a row.

However, a routine 4-0 aggregate win over Monchengladbach saw City ease into the last eight of the tournament before the international break, and Guardiola’s side have now kept seven Champions League clean sheets in succession.

Only Arsenal in the 2005-06 season have enjoyed a longer run without their defence being breached in the competition, and City enjoy playing Bundesliga sides too, as they have come up trumps in 10 of their last 11 meetings with German teams in the Champions League, but Dortmund and their much-coveted centre-forward are intent on upsetting the apple cart this week.

Erling Braut Haaland is gearing up to visit one of his many admirers this week, as the Norway international steps out onto the turf where the man he could very well be replacing – Sergio Aguero – has starred for the past 10 years.

Haaland has already broken the record for the quickest time to hit 20 goals in the Champions League, and having netted in his last six continental appearances for Dortmund, he could follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and Ruud van Nistelrooy if he scores for the seventh game running at the Etihad.

That will be easier said than done against City’s resilient rearguard, and Dortmund also go into this game following a worrying result in the Bundesliga, as Haaland drew a blank while Andre Silva popped up with a late winner for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 2-1 win for Adi Hutter’s side on Saturday.

With a top-four finish looking increasingly unlikely for Edin Terzic’s men, they must somehow attempt to go all the way in this season’s Champions League, but the Black and Yellow have not advanced past the quarter-final stage since the 2012-13 season, where Bayern Munich beat them in the final.

Furthermore, Terzic’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last four Champions League battles and only just scraped past Sevilla in the last-16 stage, as a 3-2 away triumph preceded a 2-2 draw in the second leg to see Dortmund progress 5-4 on aggregate.

Dortmund do travel to England unbeaten in seven in the Champions League, though, and the two sides have locked horns twice before in the 2012-13 group stage, where Man City held Dortmund to a 1-1 draw at home before losing 1-0 in Germany.

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