Borussia Dortmund will face Tottenham at Signal Iduna Park, in Dortmund, in the Champions League 1/8-Finals second leg. Borussia Dortmund against Tottenham is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Borussia Dortmund this season is looking great, especially in Bundesliga as they stand at the first place. BVB 09 are still fighting for only two trophies and of these are Champions League. In the last 6 matches, they struggled, as they won only once in the last one against Bayern Leverkusen in a very tough match. They lost twice and were kicked out off DFB Pokal against Werder Bremen. In total, we can call it one of the most successful seasons in last years for them, however, they can finish their participation in Champions League already after next match with Tottenham. In the group stage of CL, they finished in the first place with equal points as Atl. Madrid.
Unfortunately, several main squad players will miss the next very important match. C. Pulisic, L. Piszczek and probably M. Reus could miss the match due to injuries. All other main squad players are fit and ready for trying to make a comeback at home pitch after 3:0 lost.
In Champions League on average, they score 1.4 goals per game and pass with 88.1% accuracy. In addition, they control by 58.3% of possession and shoots 10.7 times per match. The team collected 11 yellow cards. Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho are concrete team leaders, so everyone hopes to see them in the first eleven against Spurs. This season Die Borussen are great at finishing scoring chances, creating chances using through balls and coming back from the losing positions. However, they are showing weaknesses at aerial duels and protecting the lead. Very likely that team will play possessional football at home ground and control the game in the opposition’s half as the need to score at least 3 goals.
Tottenham this season is fighting among the best for the Premier League trophy. However, in the last matches, they faced troubles and lost two last games in PL. Now the stand at 3rd position with 8 points difference from the second place and 4 points difference from chaser Arsenal. Spurs got their chance to play in Champions League Playoffs after they took a draw from Barcelona at Camp Nou. As a result, they stayed in second place with equal points as Internacionale. In the group, they lost twice, once against Barcelona and PSV, however, they were better against Inter, which gave them the ticket to go further.
Harry Kane, Cristian Eriksen, and Son Heung-Min are the leaders of the team this season with most scored goals and made assists. Unfortunately, one of the best midfielders of the team is out due to injury till the end of the season. Dele Ali was the main part of the squad in the middle of the pitch.
In Champions League Tottenham on average scores 1.7 goals per match and pass with 85.7% accuracy. In addition, they shoot 17.1 times per game and control 54.2% of the game time. They are very strong at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances and counter attacks. However, they are weak at stopping opponents from creating chances, aerial duels and protecting the lead. Very likely that the Lilywhites will play defensive football, cause they need to save the result.
The first leg in CL finished with a big advantage of Tottenham by finishing the match with 3:0 result. Spurs attacked more often, had more chances and had better productivity as they scored 3 goals.
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