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It finally starts again! The UEFA Champions League kicks off on Tuesday in the knockout phase and will pamper us in the coming days, weeks and months with hopefully many exciting, high-class and spectacular matches. From the German point of view, three teams made it to the round of 16. All three Bundesliga clubs get it in the second round with a top three team from the Premier League do. Bayern receives Liverpool, Schalke is clear outsiders against Manchester City and in the match Tottenham against Dortmund seems to be possible according to the odds. On Wednesday evening, both will face in the first leg and have to renounce important players. The Londoners have to do without their top performers Harry Kane and Dele Alli, while on the side of Borussia captain Marco Reus injury due also has to pass.
Not least for that reason, it is extremely difficult to make an appropriate prediction between Tottenham and Dortmund, who has advantages and will make the leap to the last eight. The respect of both coaches in front of each other is extremely great, which is why, from a tactical point of view, it can be assumed that the Pochettino team and also the Favre protégés will be tactically very disciplined at the beginning. An early goal could definitely have a negative impact on the rest of the game, so that it would not necessarily be surprising if the Premier League third and the Bundesliga leaders in the first half hour neutralize and “sniffle”, as in the dog language would say. Consequently, in the round of 16 first leg at Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Vs. Dortmund the abandonment of a tip towards a winner after 90 minutes obvious. Instead, the betting odds should be kept in mind that it is 0-0 after 28 minutes.
They all know the proverb: “If two quarrel, the third is happy”. If this phrase at the end of the current Premier League season actually apply, then the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club could call for the first time since 1961 as English champion. Currently, the North Londoners in the top division of the country are exactly in that pursuit role. Given that league leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City hurried from victory to victory over much of the season, the Spurs were usually a little under the radar. However, coach Mauricio Pochettino’s team are currently just five points off the leader. So from the point of view of the captains, the goal must be to continue to use a constant counter, in order to possibly strike if the top two favorites are weak. Just two weeks ago Tottenham missed the necessary form to survive in the premier class, because successively failed the “Lilywhites” only in the semifinals of the League Cup (against Chelsea) and then in the FA Cup (against Crystal Palace). Meanwhile, the blue-and-whites but have found their way back on track and recently won three times in a row in the Premier League.
The predominantly close successes against Watford (2: 1), Newcastle (1: 0) and Leicester City (3: 1) have also shown, however, that the joy of the past, when, for example, Harry Kane and Dele Alli were available, something has disappeared. In footballer German would probably speak of “work won”. Interesting: In none of these matches was a goal in the first half hour. In fact, the Spurs scored in the recent five Premier League games only once in the first half. It is quite possible that the deliberately wait-and-see attitude of the Pochettino team in the opening phase on Wednesday evening will mean that Tottenham and Dortmund will be tipped off with a goalless first 28 minutes of success. In order to conclude with an assessment of the chances of a good first leg result, it must be stated that the “Lilywhites” are only in the knockout stages for the third time and have never won a home game in the knockout rounds. Also in the Premier League is the record in front of their own fans at Wembley Stadium, which still serves as a refuge for the in-conversion White Hart Lane, with four defeats weaker than the yield in foreign lands (two bankruptcies). The aforementioned defeats of Dele Alli and Harry Kane weigh heavily in every way and will definitely weaken the otherwise stormy offensive. Ben Davies also has to pass due to injury.
Will last week be the “Casus Knaxus” for all title ambitions of Borussia Dortmund? This question may perhaps go through the minds of those responsible for Aki Watzke, Michael Zorc, Lucien Favre and Sebastian Kehl these days. Indeed, the disappointing results against Frankfurt, Bremen and Hoffenheim could still have bad after-effects for the coming weeks and months. In particular, the retirement in the DFB Cup after twice lead during extra time against Werder Bremen and the 3: 3 draw at the weekend after 3-0 lead against TSG Hoffenheim were huge setbacks for the Favre Elf, whose lead in the Bundesliga to five Points on the onrushing FC Bayern shrunk together. The fear that the young BVB team now fall into a hole and lose the ease or carefreeness of the first round, is quite justified, especially with Marco Reus probably the most important player will be indefinitely. The captain lost at half-time against Bremer with muscular problems and will not return during the week’s major Champions League first leg in London.
Apart from the not to be underestimated mental component, it is noted that the Dortmund chance of the quarterfinals in the most important European club competition due to the failures on the part of Spurs is currently greater than ever. For the fifth time, the black and yellow have made it to the round of the last 16 in the Champions League. In three of the four attempts so far succeeded in progressing to the next round. In the recent past, however, knockout stages in UEFA competitions have not been Borussia’s favorite clientele, with the Westphalia scrapping in five of the last six cases. In addition, three of the past four away games were lost on the island. Even in the event of a defeat on Wednesday, the Dortmund should continue to make hopes for the round of the last eight, as is known in the home scenery in the Signal Iduna Park again mobilized new forces and additional energy can be released. It is therefore important that the ball game club the result is scarce, scored if possible, an away goal and behind stable than in the final phase against Hoffenheim. The impressions of the suddenly dwindling organization on the defensive are, moreover, an argument to justify our prediction in the match Tottenham against Dortmund to a highlight-poor first half hour. Favre, who has been on sick leave this weekend, but now heading to England, will focus on defensive work and focus on avoiding an early goal, even if it’s at the expense of his own offensive. Beside Reus also Manuel Akanji is missing.
Tottenham vs Dortmund head to head matches
21.11.17 CL Dortmund Tottenham 1 : 2
13.09.17 CL Tottenham Dortmund 3 : 1
17.03.16 EL Tottenham Dortmund 1 : 2
10.03.16 EL Dortmund Tottenham 3 : 0