Monday, January 30, 2023

Five reasons why Borussia Dortmund will defeat Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League clash

Five reasons why Borussia Dortmund will defeat Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League clash

On Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League, Borussia Dortmund will face a Manchester City team that includes former star striker Erling Haaland and is coached by former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

Borussia Dortmund have reason to be confident in this match, as they will be facing a Manchester City team that includes Haaland and is led by Guardiola. has provided five reasons why Dortmund will take all three points from Manchester…

1. Former Erling Haaland employees advantage

Haaland has not only gotten off to a fast start in Manchester, but he has absolutely torn it up as a City player. 

The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in his first six league matches in England, and he scored twice in his Champions League debut against Sevilla on Matchday 1.

It is a nearly identical start to the one he had in Dortmund, where the Norwegian goal-scoring machine scored a hat-trick on his debut (from the bench!) and nine goals in his first six Bundesliga appearances. 

Haaland is undeniably a goal-scoring locomotive, but Dortmund’s defense should be confident in its ability to apply the brakes.

After all, the likes of Mats Hummels, Gregor Kobel and the rest of Haaland’s former Dortmund teammates went up against him in training day-in, day-out for two-and-a-half-years together. 

Then there are players such as Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle, who may be new to the club, but who frequently faced off against Haaland while playing for Freiburg and Bayern Munich, respectively.

If anyone has a solution to stop the striker, it should be his previous employers.

2. Solid defence

Guardiola’s squad has been on a goal-scoring tear so far this season, largely due to Haaland’s brilliant debut in Manchester. 

In half of their eight matches across all competitions, they have scored four or more goals, averaging over 3.15 per game. 

In Dortmund, however, they will face a defense led by Edin Terzic that appears impenetrable.

They kept three consecutive clean sheets in victories against Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, and Copenhagen – while conceding just three times prior to the weekend, when that number was doubled against Leipzig and former coach Marco Rose – further evidence of the value of insider knowledge.

In spite of their offensive prowess in recent years, Dortmund have developed an unfavorable reputation for being “a bit soft” at the back, and the club has addressed this by signing Kobel, Schlotterbeck, and Süle in recent seasons.

Against City will be the true test of their newfound defensive solidity, which appears to be bearing fruit.

With Saturday’s lessons to be absorbed and the resolve to tighten up the ship like they did earlier in the season strengthened, Dortmund will be doubling down on efforts to keep City out and earn a second consecutive clean sheet in Europe.

3. Jude Bellingham factor

England international Jude Bellingham will be intimately familiar with his countrymen, which could be a significant advantage in stopping Phil Foden and Jack Grealish in particular.

He also enjoys competing against his countrymen, and Guardiola praised him the last time they met.

. “I can’t believe it, maybe he’s a liar!” Guardiola exclaimed when asked about Bellingham’s performances over the two legs. 

“He’s so good for 17 years old, he’s a fantastic player. There was one moment when he didn’t get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and demands that ball to him at 17 means a lot. I spoke with his manager, Edin [Terzic], and he told me what you see in these two games is like every training session.”

Bellingham scored in Dortmund’s Champions League opener against Copenhagen, and you would not bet against him scoring in his home country against a defense he has already breached once in 2021.

4. Terzic mysticism

Terzic was the last Dortmund man to bring home a trophy, the 2021 DFB Cup under Haaland’s direction.

That may not have been enough to keep him employed, but BVB quickly realized their error and recalled him to the team in the summer, a decision they do not appear to regret.

In his first six games, he has accumulated 12 points, including a 3-1 victory over high-flying Freiburg that makes BVB the only team to have defeated the Black Forest club so far this season and demonstrates their determination after falling behind by a goal.

In addition, they advanced to the second round of the DFB Cup with a 3-0 victory over 1860 Munich, and their 3-0 victory over Copenhagen got them off to a great start in the Champions League.

Terzic may be a native with yellow and black in his blood, but he also has coaching experience in the English Premier League as West Ham United’s assistant coach.

And now that he has the BVB reins full-time, with the club’s full support, he is more motivated than ever to ensure that solitary trophy is duplicated in the near future.

5. Pep’s Bestia Negra

Guardiola, the manager of City, is unfamiliar with losing games. His record speaks for itself at Barcelona, Bayern, and City. He has won 568 and lost only 95 of his 767 games as a substitute.

This represents a win percentage of about 75%, or three victories out of every four contests.

In contrast to Dortmund, the narrative is different. In his previous 13 matches against Die Schwarzgelben, he has won eight, lost four, and tied one.

His win percentage falls to 60% against Borussia Dortmund, as fewer teams in world football present him with greater difficulty.

In fact, only Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Real Madrid — all clubs he has faced more regularly – have beaten him more frequently.

You can be certain that Guardiola will not be relishing facing a Bestia Negra; a side who have virtually always caused his teams trouble along the years.

Five reasons why Borussia Dortmund will defeat Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League clash

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