The Champions League last-16 tie between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund is set to be a make-or-break affair for both sides. The Blues are in desperate need of a win to keep their season alive, while Dortmund are looking to make a statement and prove their worth in Europe.
The two sides have met twice before in the Champions League, with Chelsea winning both times. The first meeting was in the group stage of the 2012/13 season, with the Blues winning 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The second meeting was in the round of 16 of the 2013/14 season, with Chelsea again coming out on top with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
This time around, the stakes are much higher. Chelsea are in a precarious position in the Premier League, sitting in fourth place and just two points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United. A win in this tie would be a huge boost for the Blues, and could potentially be the difference between Champions League football next season and a place in the Europa League.
For Dortmund, this is a chance to prove their worth in Europe. The German side have been in good form in the Bundesliga this season, and are currently second in the table. However, they have yet to make a real impact in the Champions League, and this tie could be their chance to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in Europe.
The match will be played at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, March 11th, and will be broadcast live in English on BT Sport. Kick-off is at 8pm GMT.
Chelsea will be without the services of star striker Olivier Giroud, who is suspended for the match. However, they will be boosted by the return of N’Golo Kante, who has been out of action since December with a hamstring injury.
Dortmund will be without the services of Marco Reus, who is out with a knee injury. However, they will be boosted by the return of Jadon Sancho, who has been in excellent form this season.
This is sure to be an exciting match, with both sides desperate for a win. Chelsea will be looking to keep their season alive, while Dortmund will be looking to prove their worth in Europe. It promises to be a thrilling encounter, and one that could have a huge impact on both sides’ seasons.