PREVIEW: Borussia Dortmund vs City

Robert Toole

Borussia Dortmund vs City, Tuesday 4th December 2012, 7.45pm, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany.

Tickets: Tickets are still available. For details click here.

Reverse Fixture: City 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Referee: Milorad Mažić‎

Team News

City – David Silva has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Aleksandar Kolarov will also miss out after limping off against Everton at the weekend with a groin injury, while Gael Clichy (ankle), James Milner (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are still sidelined. Yaya Toure is unavailable due to suspension. Jack Rodwell is available for selection following a hamstring injury.

Dortmund – Dortmund have a fully fit squad except for fringe players Chris Lowe and Patrick Owomoyela who are injured.

Stats

Dortmund’s Marco Reus has scored the first goal of the game in three of his last four Champions League appearances.

Dortmund have made more defensive clearances than any other team in the Champions League (248).

Dortmund have conceded six goals from the 85th minute of games onward in their last seven Champions League matches, plus they have netted two in this period themselves.

Dortmund have never been beaten by English opposition at home.

City have won one and lost four of their previous European trips to Germany.

City must beat Dortmund and hope that Ajax do not beat Real Madrid if they are to qualify to play in the Europa League after Christmas.

Both teams are unbeaten in their past five games in all competitions.

Stats courtesy of Goal.

Press Conference

Despite being eliminated from the Champions League, Roberto Mancini is hopeful of City qualifying for the Europa League. He said:

We will try but we need to win in Dortmund and it will not be easy because Dortmund are in a good condition. There is the league, and the Europa League if we can go in it, and also the FA Cup. The season is long and it is important. We are disappointed we are out of the Champions League but I think we lost our qualification in the first games. I think we should also be lucky during the draw. The Champions League is always difficult but we took a worse group than last year.

Joe Hart, however, is looking to restore some pride amongst the team. He said:

We’ve got a tough one in Dortmund. We need to finish the Champions League group with a bit of pride.

Maicon echoed Hart’s words and also spoke of City’s desire to qualify for the Europa League. He said:

We are playing for pride on Tuesday, but also for practical reasons, because we want to carry on playing in Europe, even if it is not in the top competition. The Europa League is important to us, so we need to try to stay in Europe until the end of the season if we can.

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