Borussia Dortmund v Málaga: Champions League match preview
Borussia Dortmund v Málaga: Preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg in Germany on Tuesday (KO 7:45pm UK)
Borussia Dortmund will be trying to end Málaga’s remarkable debut Champions League campaign when the sides meet in Germany for their quarter-final return on Tuesday night.
The goalless first leg was the teams’ first ever fixture and the first time the Spanish club had met German opposition.
• If Málaga reach the semi-finals, they will match the debut-season achievement of Manuel Pellegrini’s Villarreal, who lost to Arsenal in the last four in 2005-06.
• Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of his last ten Bundesliga games, a club record. He has scored 14 goals in his past 15 outings for Dortmund, also registering two in three international appearances during that time.
• Dortmund have won their last five home games, scoring at least three goals each time.
• Dortmund are the only unbeaten side left in the competition. They have been caught offside ten times and collected seven yellow cards, both fewer than any other team in the last eight.
• Málaga were the fourth debutants to win their first three games in the Champions League, after AC Milan (1992-93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994-95) and Juventus (1995-96).
• The Spanish side’s pass completion rate (65 per cent) shots on goal (53), wide (36) and corners won (38) are all the lowest among the quarter-finalists.
What the managers said after the first leg
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp: “The team passed the character test. It was important to show that we play football to win. I can live with this 0-0. We did everything well from the first kick to the final whistle but it’s a higher level. We know what we have to do in the return match.”
Málaga boss Manuel Pellegrini: “We found what we expected to find, a team with players who are very good with the ball. Both sides went for it tonight and it made for a good open game. I don’t think the game in Germany will be too different from tonight, only an early goal for either team could change things.”