It’s been 24 turbulent hours for English football since the news of the Queen’s death, and this weekend’s matches have now been officially canceled as a ‘mark of respect’ for the monarch.
The Cityzens would face an undefeated Tottenham side in what would likely have been a fascinating match and City’s proposed confrontation against Wolves next week has also been called into question due to anticipated police shortages, with the Queen’s funeral likely next weekend.
This left many wondering whether or not Sky Blues’ midweek Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund would go ahead or not, as the match would be played at the Etihad.
However, it now looks like the game is going ahead as planned, according to Simon Bajkowski of The Manchester Evening News. Bajkowski has reported that the match will go ahead and will continue to be held at the Etihad, despite many people speculating that the match would have to be played outside England.
The match will prove to be an interesting prospect as former Dortmund player Erling Haaland will play against his former club for the first time since his departure.
The Norwegian striker has been in excellent form since he came out of Germany, scoring a whopping 12 goals in eight games across all competitions so far.
Former Dortmund players Manuel Akanji and Ilkay Gundogan will both face their former side, with it also marking the former Dortmund’s first game against his former club.
The Bundesliga club poses a much bigger challenge than Sevilla, City’s previous Champions League opponent, who is currently in free fall.
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Die Borussen, on the other hand, largely had a positive start to the season. The German team are currently second in the standings, one point above rivals Bayern Munich after having won four of their five Bundesliga games so far.
However, the ‘Black and Yellows’ still showed signs of weakness this season, encapsulated by their six-minute capitulation against Werder Bremen, which resulted in a 3-2 loss.
Dortmund led 2-0 and went cruising speed after Raphael Guerreiro scored in the 77th minute, but were shocked behind when Bremen scored three goals in the 89th, 93rd and 95th minutes to steal the three points.
So while this will prove to be a tougher match for The Cityzens, it’s still one they still expected to win.