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UEFA Champions League: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund – Match Preview

Manchester City, last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, started their new quest for European glory with a 4-0 victory over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium last week.

That outcome was consistent with the Citizens’ free-scoring start to the season, as they have scored 24 goals in seven undefeated games across all competitions, with five of those games including four or more goals.

Pep Guardiola’s team has never had trouble scoring goals, but it’s clear that with the addition of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, they have reached a new level. Finding that extra dimension in attack might help the Citizens get past the disappointment of their last two UCL campaigns and ultimately win the prized UCL trophy, a goal that has taken on an obsession-like quality for supporters in Manchester’s East end.

On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss away at Leipzig, just their second loss in 12 Bundesliga away games. The squad led by Edin Terzi is unpredictable, and their loss against Werder Bremen in gameweek three, which they won by two goals in the 89th minute, made them the first team in Bundesliga history to drop a match. Dortmund did, however, get off to a good start in the UCL by defeating Copenhagen 3-0 last week.

In order for BVB to improve on their unfortunate elimination from the UCL group stage in the previous season, they must focus on achieving better success outside of Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund lost two of their three away group games, giving up eight goals in the process, which may have inspired Terzi’s team to play with greater discipline against a team like Manchester City that they had only defeated once in their previous four head-to-head meetings (D1, L2).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: After being the quickest player in UCL history to score 25 goals last week, former Dortmund striker Haaland would dearly love to increase his UCL total. Marco Reus has scored three goals so far this season, all of which have come in the first minute of play.

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