After being absent from football for a week, Manchester City are eager to play against Borussia Dortmund in two days.
The two teams will face each other on Wednesday night as City aim to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
City recorded a resounding 4-0 win in their first European game of the season, and even more worrying for Dortmund. The Cityzens didn’t seem to break a sweat against the Spanish side.
City have looked impressive in the competition, but the Sky Blues have shown some signs of weakness that should give Dortmund confidence that they can be beaten.
The most obvious matches that highlighted a degree of vulnerability were the Aston Villa and Newcastle draws.
Unable to beat The Magpies, the Cityzens conceded three times in a 3-3 draw with the Northeast side, in which Allan Saint-Maximin provided the blueprint to get to the City defense.
The French winger took a beating from Kyle Walker all afternoon and was involved in all three of his side’s goals in what was a player of the match.
While Pep Guardiola’s side’s defensive weaknesses showed up against Newcastle, it was their poor finish that resulted in the loss of a further two points against Steven Gerrard’s Villa.
The Cityzens forfeited several golden opportunities and were eventually lucky to escape by a point after Phillipe Coutinho controversially disallowed a goal for offside.
In addition, Dortmund is almost guaranteed to provide a much tougher game than Sevilla last week. While Sevilla appear to be a team in free fall, the Bundesliga club, on the other hand, has started the season fairly positively.
Die Borussen have so far racked up 12 points from six games in the German top league, placing them 5th in the league on points with rivals Bayern Munich.
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The away team, however, showed rather notable defensive weaknesses. These weaknesses were seen in Dortmund’s collapse in the last six minutes of their game against Werder Bremen.
The club led 2-0 and crawled to three points before Lee Buchanan cut the deficit in half in the 89th minute. This led to what can only be described as a complete collapse for Dortmund, who would concede two more goals in the 93rd and 96th minutes.
And their defense didn’t look more solid in their defeat to RB Leipzig this weekend. The Red Bull squad rode to a comprehensive 3-0 win against Die Schwarzgelben, in a match in which new centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Sule both looked suspicious.
This match cannot be discussed without mentioning the fact that there will also be an additional layer of intrigue surrounding Erling Haaland, who will be playing against his former side for the first time.
The Norwegian signed for Dortmund in 2020 and made a name for himself in Europe thanks to his performances while playing at Signal Iduna Park.
During the match, Manuel Akanji and Ilkay Gundogan will also face their former club, with it also being the former’s first game against his former team.
Ultimately, this is a game City are expected to win, given the respective start to the season on both sides and the quality of each side. However, Dortmund is a club that will almost certainly cause more trouble for The Cityzens than Sevilla.
It also remains to be seen whether City’s extended break could have an impact, as the visitors may have more match fitness as they played this weekend while City’s match was postponed.
It would be safe to expect a more competitive game than City’s last appearance against Sevilla, while it is still a safe bet to back the home side to secure a win.