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In what will be the first ever match between these two teams at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea host Borussia Dortmund in a highly anticipated clash valid for the second leg of this UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. In need of a flawless performance to advance after a 1-0 first-leg loss, securing the “Orejona” represents their only realistic hope of a trophy and their most likely route to contesting this competition next season. after a very up-and-down campaign in the Premier League.

A 1-0 league win over Leeds on the final day of the Premier League may have snapped a run of six games without a win (D3, L3), but Graham Potter’s side have managed just four goals in their last 11 commitments (G2, E3, P6), so there are doubts about his ability to fight for titles. Given those attacking problems, Chelsea may have to rely on an impressive European record to advance, having advanced in four of the seven UCL ties in which they have lost the first leg away.

The London side could be motivated by looking at Dortmund’s recent record in England, as the German club have lost on their last five visits to English soil. However, such a stat is unlikely to be on Dortmund strategist Edin Terzić’s mind, especially considering his team is packed with plenty of talent, such as the highly sought after Jude Bellingham, who has helped orchestrate Dortmund’s best start to a year. calendar (G10) after their 2-1 victory against RB Leipzig on the previous day of the Bundesliga.

It remains to be seen if that is enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, since in his mind he is emulating what BVB did in the 1996/97 season, when they won the UCL title. However, while being in this competition for the seventh consecutive year indicates that the team is comfortable among Europe’s elite, it should be noted that they will not be able to use their best eleven in this clash due to various injuries. In this list, the striker Karim Adeyemi stands out, who scored the winning goal in the first leg of this tie.

Players to watch: New Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk’s first UCL goal came against another German club, Leipzig, in a 4-1 win when he was playing for his previous team, Shakhtar Donetsk. The more experienced Marco Reus comes into this clash in great form, as he has recorded four goalscoring contributions in BVB’s last three matches (G2, A2).

Notable fact: Dortmund have scored the first goal in each of their last eight competitive matches and have won each time (W8).