Champions League preview: Malaga vs Borussia Dortmund
Who will come out victorious in this Champions League quarter-final tie?
With the Champions League quarter-finals coming up we look at the match up between Germany's Borussia Dortmund and La Liga's F.C Malaga. Looking at the two clubs' current season, Champions League history, and the direct confrontations between the two teams; who is likely to qualify.
The current season:
Having fallen 20 points behind Bayern Munich, losing all hope of conserving their Bundesliga title, and after being eliminated from the DFB cup, Dortmund prepare for the Champion’s League quarter-finals as a last chance to increase this season’s success. Dortmund’s mission in the group stages seemed near impossible being given the group of death containing Real Madrid and Manchester City as well as the less feared Ajax Amsterdam. Nevertheless, Dortmund managed to pull through their group by snatching the first place spot from Real Madrid.
As for the Anchovies, they have been banned for all of next season’s European competitions. They currently stand in La Liga’s sixth place. For the first Champions League quarter-final in the club’s history, Malaga will take Dortmund on as a slight underdog, which will not discourage them from trying to cause a general surprise. Malaga has also not disappointed in the group stages, being drawn with AC Milan, Zenit St. Petersburg and Anderlecht, and also finishing at the top of the table.
History in the Champions League:
Borussia Dortmund have already won the competition once in their history in the 1996/97 season. Having competed in the first ever Champions League (then called the European Cup) in the 1956/57 season, Dortmund have participated in several editions of the tournament on and off ever since. The Black-and-Yellows are playing their first Champions League quarter-final in 15 years.
Malaga, on the other hand, has no rich European history like their opponents. In fact, this is the first edition that the club has ever participated in. Their biggest achievement on the European stage was winning the 2002 Intertoto Cup. The Andalucía outfit will hope to make the most of this glorious event against Dortmund.
Confrontations between the two teams in the past:
This is the first time in football history that Dortmund and Malaga will play each other on the European stage. Quite an exciting match up between two teams who have turned a few heads and raised a few eye brows by reaching this stage of the competition. It is the German side who will play as slight favourites, but they will have to refrain from getting complacent as they face a side who can give any team on the planet a good fight.
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