Borussia Dortmund ahead of stage goal in the Champions League: “Everyone is hot for the round of 16”

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Borussia Dortmund ahead of stage goal in the Champions League:

Borussia Dortmund wants to take the momentum after the perceived victory in the top league game against Bayern Munich. BVB could be the first Bundesliga team to reach the round of 16 against FC Sevilla.

Enormous euphoria, tempting goal: Borussia Dortmund wants to take the momentum from the perceived victory against Bayern Munich and become the first Bundesliga team to storm into the knockout stages of the Champions League. “We’re all hot for the round of 16 and want to set a milestone,” said international Niklas Süle before the second leg against Sevilla FC on Tuesday (9 p.m.).

Should Manchester City not lose at FC Copenhagen beforehand, BVB would reach the minimum goal they had set themselves in the premier class early on with another win against the Andalusians after the convincing 4-1 win last week. “We’ve gotten a good starting position. But that won’t help if we don’t do more,” warned coach Edin Terzic.

His team is full of self-confidence after the fight back in the top game against Bayern (2-2), which was crowned by Anthony Modeste’s last-minute goal. Driven by over 80,000 spectators, they should also demonstrate this against Seville. “It’s important that we focus on ourselves and our strengths. If we get them on the pitch, we’ll cause them problems again,” said Terzic.

However, the coach also looked very closely at the opponent. Immediately after the defeat against BVB, Sevilla parted ways with coach Julen Lopetegui. In the first game under successor Jorge Sampaoli there was a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. “We don’t know what Sevilla have in mind. Something will happen with the change of coach,” warned sporting director Sebastian Kehl.

BVB keeper Gregor Kobel ready again

However, the black and yellow do not want to be dissuaded from their path – also to save important grains in the rush to meet deadlines in the coming weeks up to the World Cup. “We can fix the thing, that would do us a huge favor. Then the coach can rotate a little in the last few games and we can focus a bit on the Bundesliga,” said international Julian Brandt.

Terzic will have to do without Marco Reus against Sevilla. The captain was thrown back in rehab by an infection following his ankle injury. He is scheduled to make his comeback in the game at leaders Union Berlin on Sunday. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, on the other hand, should appear again after a long injury break. “If he signals that he is 100 percent ready, then he will also be in goal,” said Terzic.

The opponent’s game should also suit BVB. Sevilla have to win and there’s another reason why they won’t hole up at the back. “The players we have need the ball, if they have to walk a lot they get tired, everyone’s in pain or cramps. We have to act, control the ball,” Sampaoli said, not giving his new team the best fitness report.

For the attack on the round of 16, Terzic did not rule out a double lead with Modeste and Youssoufa Moukoko: We want to keep all options open. They harmonize on and off the pitch.”

BVB – FC Sevilla: The expected line-ups

Dortmund: Kobel – Wolf, Süle, Hummels, Guerreiro – Can – Bellingham, Özcan – Adeyemi, Moukoko, Malen. – Trainer: Terzic

Seville: Bono – Montiel, Nianzou, Marcao, Acuna – Jordan, Gudelj – Rakitic, Isco, Gomez – Dolberg. – Trainer: Sampaoli

Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia)



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