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Malaga v Borussia Dortmund - Match Preview

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Sahin has returned to the club where he started.  (©GettyImages)
Sahin has returned to the club where he started. (©GettyImages).

Malaga v Borussia Dortmund; UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, La Rosaleda; Wednesday 3rd April; 19:45 KO

 

Team News

Manuel Pellegrini will have a strong team to choose from for their game against Borussia Dortmund, with Portuguese winger Eliseu being the only casualty with knee ligament damage which will keep him out.

On-loan Paris Saint-Germain defender Diego Lugano is expected to return after being rested, as well as Ignacio Camacho and Duda who are also back following suspensions.

Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer broke his nose in their last game and will need a facemask to play, but is expected to feature.

Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski has travelled to Spain but has a slight groin injury and impressive German centre-back Mats Hummels is certain to miss out with an ankle problem.

Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for the Bundesliga club and will be supported by Mario Gotze and Marco Reus who are catching the eye of a number of clubs. 

 

Nuri Sahin aware of Malaga threat

On-loan Nuri Sahin has stated he knows the threat that Malaga possess, and believes the German outfit must be wary of the quality they have.

The Turkey international has returned to the club where he started his career and knows that the trip to the south coast of Spain will not be an easy one.

The 24-year-old is on-loan from parent club Real Madrid, and Sahin featured four times against Malaga last season.

The midfielder was previously at Liverpool earlier on this year, but failed to impress at Anfield and sealed a switch back to Dortmund.

"I played against Malaga four times last season in the league and in the cup and they made it hard for us,' he said according to The Daily Mail.

"They lost some big names over the summer but they have still had an outstanding season in the Champions League. They have nothing to lose. They can play more freely in the quarter-finals and that could be a problem for us.

"We must not allow them to get the ball moving. That is very important, otherwise we'll see how good their football can be. We have to be focused from the first minute.

"I'm looking forward to it. In the quarter-finals there are no favourites. Our slight advantage perhaps is that we will play at home in the second leg."

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