Dortmund – It may not be the European competition Borussia Dortmund have grown used to over the last few years, but Thomas Tuchel’s men are nevertheless determined to make an impact in the UEFA Europa League when they face Russian side FC Krasnodar in their first Group C game on Thursday evening (kick-off 19:00 CEST).
BVB have started the season in imperious fashion, winning all nine competitive matches to date, and the fearsome frontline of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shinji Kagawa, among others, will be relishing the chance to showcase their talents on the international stage.
- This will be the first ever match between the teams in European competition.
- This is only Dortmund’s second appearance in the Europa League. In their first outing, in 2010/11, they failed to progress beyond the group stage.
- Krasnodar have not been beaten in their last three away games in Europe, winning one and drawing two.
- Dortmund’s home record against Russian teams is not great, having won one, drawn one and lost one so far. They did, however, triumph in each of the away legs.
- BVB scored 22 goals in their four qualifying matches for this season’s Europa League, and won each of their home games by a five-goal margin (5-0 against Wolfsberger AC and 7-2 against Odds BK).
Dortmund: Bürki – Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer – Gündogan, Weigl – Hofmann, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa - Aubameyang
Krasnodar: Dykan - Strandberg, Granqvist, Mamaev, Gazinski – Ahmedov, Kaleshin, Bystrov, R.Sigurdsson - Smolov, Petrov