Borussia Dortmund v Malaga – Champions League preview and team news

Borussia Dortmund will be confident of reaching the semi finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1998 though they will be wary of opponents Malaga after only being held to a goalless draw on the Costa del Sol last week.

The dethroned Bundesliga champions simply could not add to the finishing touches to the many glorious chances they created against the financially-troubled Spanish outfit, with Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze particularly profligate, leaving the prospect open for Manuel Pelligrini’s men to steal the tie via the away goals rule.

However, after seeing off the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Signal Iduna Park already in this season’s Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s men will surely not fear a Malaga side stripped of the likes of Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon and who are currently in a lowly sixth place in the La Liga table.

Dortmund have doubts over defender Mats Hummels, whose struggles with a persistent ankle injury may only limit him to a place on the substitutes bench while Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski may also miss out with the groin problem that forced him to sit out of the first leg.

Malaga will travel to Germany without central-defender Weligton and midfielder Manuel Ittura due to suspensions.

Pellegrini, who will arrive in Dortmund late after travelling back to Chile at the weekend following the death of his father, must choose between Javier Saviola, the on-loan from Manchester City Roque Santa Cruz and ex-Arsenal forward Julio Baptista to lead the line, while experienced winger Joaquin will dovetail with Spanish starlet Isco.

Pelligrini is aiming to help Malaga become only the second ever tournament debutants to reach the semi finals, after the Chilean’s Villarreal side achieved it in 2006, eventually losing out to Arsenal.

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