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Borussia Dortmund v SSC Napoli: Match preview

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Borussia Dortmund's whole season hangs in the balance as they hope to keep their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League alive when they host SSC Napoli tonight.

For the first time in over three years, Dortmund have lost three games in a row and they go into this game at the Westfalenstadion knowing anything but a win would result in certain elimination from the Champions League.

Last year's finalists have made a less than satisfactory start to their European campaign following two wins and two defeats, which has left the German side on six points, three behind leaders Arsenal in Group D.

Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to regain their confidence if they are to get anything out of the fixture following Saturday's 0-3 home defeat against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

"I told the team after the Bayern game that they have five minutes to be depressed and come to terms with the defeat," said Klopp at his pre-match conference on Monday night.

"We know have to deal with the next tough task, and trust me we will come back stronger."

However, this might be easier said than done as Dortmund try to keep a potent Napoli frontline at bay with a heavily depleted squad due to a string of high profile injuries.

Mats Hummels has been ruled out until January with an ankle injury, whilst Lukasz Piszczek is still lacking in match fitness following a double hip operation in the summer.

Last week's free signing Manuel Friedrich is ineligible for the Champions League meaning that the inexperienced duo of Koray Gunter and Oliver Kirch are expected to fill the void in a troubled BVB defence.

Napoli on the other hand will go into the encounter attempting to do the double over the German side following their 2-1 home victory back in September.

However, Rafael Benitez's men will also go into the game with something to prove following two back to back defeats in Serie A.

"I think that the teams that compete in the Champions League sometimes can slip up and the important thing is that we bounce back," Benitez told the clubs official website.

"Now we must focus on our game in Dortmund and try to give it our all."

The little donkey's also have their fair share of injuries with captain Marik Hamsik joining injured midfielders Juan Zungia and Giandomenico Mesto on the sidelines with a serious foot injury.

 

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