Dortmund can still progress against Juventus despite deficit
Borussia Dortmund are more than capable of overturning a 2-1 deficit at home to Juventus in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.
Thanks to an away goal from form player Marco Reus, the German side know that it is all to play for. Jurgen Klopp’s Bundesliga boys are 11/10 with Coral to win the match, and 13/8 to progress to the quarter-finals.
Reus is 2/1 to net anytime and, since he has returned from injury, the winger has netted six in nine appearances across all competitions.
Following his goal in Turin, Reus boasts a 100 per cent record in the Champions League after recovering from a torn ankle ligament, with three goals in as many matches in Europe’s elite club competition this term.
Also likely to be a Dortmund threat is Italian striker Ciro Immobile, who goes up against his former club and some of his compatriots. While his brief time on Juve’s books was not successful, the Old Lady must take him seriously.
Immobile has struck four goals in six Champions League outings for the German club so far this term, is 7/4 to find the goal again anytime.
It is the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, which could cause problems in the channels for Juventus. The Gabon forward has 16 goals in 33 across all competitions this term, and is 6/1 to notch first.
Carlos Tevez will no doubt be a key player for Juve if they are to progress and, after putting the Turin titans ahead in the first leg, the Argentina international is 6/1 to break the deadlock again.
Juventus aren’t exactly short of strikers, with Alvaro Morata, who also dispatched in the first leg, priced at 2/1 in the anytime market. There’s also Fernando Llorente and Alessandro Matri waiting in the wings, so the Old Lady certainly have strength in depth.
Paul Pogba, in Andrea Pirlo’s absence, could be key in the middle of the park for the visitors. The French midfield dynamo is 5/1 to net anytime.
Dortmund, following a hard first half of the campaign, where they momentarily hit rock bottom of the Bundesliga, have been resurgent since the start of the year, though and are now pushing for a Champions League place domestically.
Klopp has spoken candidly about Dortmund’s early season struggles, saying he never doubted his self or the team’s system. “Well, it’s OK to ask questions [of yourself], but not to put our system into question,” Klopp said.
“It’s not as dogmatic as it may seem: the players are not told to give the ball to the opposition so we have a chance to win it back – that’s just nonsense,” he continued.
“Even in the first part of the season there were a few good games, and we gained some confidence in the Champions League by winning matches. So we are not like a rabbit in the headlights, just standing there, shivering, unable to perform.”