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Champions League: Will Borussia Dortmund progress?

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German giants and 2013 Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of getting knocked out of the greatest club tournament in the world after their shock 1-0 loss to Arsenal three weeks ago.

Jurgen Klopp's tactical masterplan to conquer the Gunners broke into pieces after their rock solid defence weren't able to put a halt to Aaron Ramsey's brilliant second-half header that secured a valuable win.

The absence of Turkish midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has seriously reduced the much-needed technical ability, skill and spark needed in the midfield zone. In order to keep their hopes of qualification alive, Dortmund have to win against Napoli tonight or face a possibly appalling end to their Champions League campaign.

Dortmund failed to cope with Arsenal's high pressing and slick passing movements, which were the crucial factors that ensured Arsenal the victory at Signal Iduna Park. Former Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil was able to outclass and penetrate the Dortmund defence in the final third.

Klopp's side sit third in Group F with six points. A comfortable win over Italian powerhouse Napoli can definitely help Dortmund to qualify for the next round. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's technique in midfield has been instrumental.

Dortmund's back-to-back losses against Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich means that they will have to showcase and produce their best performance with their quick counter-attacks and fast direct play to beat Rafa Benitez's side.

The great threats and efforts of Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon will have to be thoroughly dealt with. Visiting manager Benitez will be without Giandomenico Mesto and Juan Camilo Zuniga because of injuries, but Marek Hamsik is likely to feature.

When the two sides met in Naples, Benitez's side beat Dortmund 2-1. Nevan Subotic and Mats Hummels have been sidelined which leaves Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sebastian Kehl to take charge of defensive duties.

Klopp may look to pick Jakub Blaszczykowski on the right wing due to his experience rather than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Napoli will travel to Dortmund knowing that a draw would feel the same as a loss. The stadium support factor could be crucial for Dortmund to grab maximum points tonight. 

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