The knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League 2022-23 is set to be underway
Die Borussen are currently third in the Bundesliga table and are contenders to win the title. Borussia Dortmund fares off quite well in the UEFA Champions League at times. They gave a tough fight to Manchester City last season but lost in the second leg.
Borussia Dortmund did great in the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League, losing just one game.
Chelsea have been on a spending spree this season. The Blues spent a whopping £291 million in the transfer window. However it’ll take more than money for the entire team to gel together and get in form. After drawing with West Ham, Chelsea are 9th in the Premier League table. After winning the UEFA Champions League two seasons ago Chelsea were bound to fall off the reign. They did give a tough fight to eventual Champions Real Madrid and showed their fighting spirit.
The Blues did great in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League finishing first and losing only one game.
Tuesday, 14-02-2023; 8:00 pm (GMT)
Wednesday,15-02-2023; 01:30 am (IST)
Borussia Dortmund Form ( All Competitions) : W W W W W
Chelsea Form ( All Competitions): L W D D D
Players To Watch
Borussia Dortmund: Jude Bellingham
Arguably better than the likes of Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and many talented youngsters. Jude Bellingham has earned all the fame and respect because of his talent and exquisite potential. Many big clubs are interested to cash in big money for him. Jude is struggling as of now in the Bundesliga scoring only 4 goals in 19 games. However, Bellingham has turned up time and time again for Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. Jude has scored 4 goals and has an assist in 5 games for Dortmund. He ran the show last season against Manchester City and can possibly do even better against Chelsea.
Chelsea: Enzo Fernandez
The World Cup winner and yet another emerging talent found his way to Chelsea. The Blues broke the transfer record and paid £106 million for the Argentinian. Enzo played a key role in Benfica’s brilliant season and especially in Argentina’s World Cup victory. Enzo has dropped brilliant performances ever since joining Chelsea. Despite their strikers not converting chances, Enzo has shown his speciality. The Argentine is great in helping plays transition from defensive plays to attacking plays. Furthermore he has shown that he is more than capable of breaking the lines and can develop good chances for attackers.
- This is the first ever European game between Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.
- Borussia Dortmund are winless in their last 10 games against English teams in European competitions.
- Die Borussen have lost only 4 home games out of their last 21 games in the UEFA Champions League. However three of those defeats were against English teams.
Team and Injury News
Wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko faced an injury in Dortmund’s last match against Werder Bremen. Kamara is out for Dortmund after a knee injury. Karim Adeyemi and Haller are likely to play against Chelsea.
For Chelsea there’s a long and doubtful injury list. Raheem Sterling was absent from training after picking up a knock. The winger also missed the match against West Ham. Wesley Fofana has undergone treatment for the majority of the season. Despite recently returning to training, he is unlikely to play against Borussia Dortmund. Denis Zakaria is confirmed to be an absentee after picking up a thigh injury against Fulham. Mateo Kovacic picked up a calf injury and also missed the match against West Ham. It is doubtful that he will play against Borussia Dortmund. Former Dortmund player, Pulisic is confirmed to miss the first leg. He can possibly return for the second leg in London. Edouard Mendy , N’golo Kante and Armando Broja are confirmed absentees.
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Head-to-Head Stats (Champions League)
They haven’t faced each other in the Champions League yet.
Predicted Line-up :
Borussia Dortmund Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1) :
Kobel; Guerreiro, Schlotterbeck , Sule, Wolf; Can; Reus, Adeyemi, Bellingham, Brandt; Haller
Chelsea Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1) :
Kepa; James, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez; Mount, Joao Felix, Mudryk; Havertz
This is arguably the worst time for Potter to go to Europe. Despite spending so much on players, it is obvious that only time will put the Chelsea players in sync with each other. Dortmund on the other hand are in great form and have more players available than Chelsea do. Dortmund can easily take advantage of this and gain a lead in the first leg itself.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Chelsea
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