bundesliga.com has the pre-match privy from both camps ahead of the crunch Round of 16 second leg encounter…
It’s a case of win or bust for Dortmund. While they do have the comfort of an away goal to their name, BVB have to score - something they’ve failed to do in their last two league outings. Juventus, meanwhile, are out to book their place in the last eight for only the second time since 2006. Their last appearance ended in a 4-0 aggregate defeat to FC Bayern München.
Kevin Großkreutz (hamstring) and Lukasz Piszczek (ankle) will definitely miss out, while Nuri Sahin faces a late fitness test to determine whether he’s fully recovered from a groin complaint. Sven Bender (r.) made a non-appearance off the bench in the 0-0 draw with 1. FC Köln, but could be drafted into the first-team for Wednesday’s all-important second leg.
Serie A league leaders Juventus are currently coping with a plethora of injury problems, while the loss of influential playmaker Andrea Pirlo (calf) could prove pivotal. The veteran Italian became the latest big name to be added to a lengthy list, which already includes Uruguayan international Martin Caceras (knee), Kwadwo Asamoah (ankle) and Paolo De Ceglie (knee).
So often the spark that ignites Dortmund’s threat in the final third, the burden of creating goalscoring opportunities for either himself or team-mates rests largely on Marco Reus (r.). The 25-year-old’s all-important away goal in the first leg is one of 11 strikes the winger has registered in all competitions, which are complimented by four assists in 21 outings.
With the onus on BVB to find the back of the net, the battling qualities of Arturo Vidal will likely come to the fore in protecting Juventus’ backline. Capable of hitting the target from range, the former Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfield maestro also offers a threat going forward, but didn’t fare well against Dortmund during his four-year stint in the Bundesliga (1W 3D 4L).
Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund head coach): “I don’t know if [the tie] needs to be exciting until the end, but if it gets dramatic, that means we are still in the race at that point - and that would be positive. [The Signal Iduna Park] is a special venue that demands special moments. I have been here a while now, and still every time you enter the ground you get goosebumps.”
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus centre-back): “We have to be positive, there’s everything to play for and we’re going there [Dortmund] with a small advantage.”
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus head coach, l.): “We know Borussia’s qualities, but it is also a game where we need to score at least one goal, probably two.”
One league defeat in eight since the turn of the year represents a marked upswing in form for Dortmund. The back-to-back goalless draws with Hamburger SV and Köln, whilst creating cause for concern up front, should provide a boost of confidence for BVB’s backline against a Juventus side who haven’t failed to score in their last eight competitive encounters.
Dortmund beat Juventus in the 1997 Champions League final in Munich, but have yet to beat them on their own turf in three attempts. The Italian side have won 12 of their 15 two-legged ties against German sides, while BVB, unbeaten on home soil at Europe’s top table, have promisingly progressed from eight of the 14 ties in which they lost the first leg away from home.