London/Berlin, Apr 13 (EFE).- Borussia Dortmund’s hopes for a Champions League semifinals ticket will rest on the shoulders of Erling Haaland, who will be the main source of danger to Manchester City’s endeavors for their first last-4 appearance since 2016.
The German team arrive to the game aware that Manchester City are the favorite, but their good performance in the first leg gives them a glimpse of hope ahead of their Wednesday home clash.
“The belief here is great, but that alone will not be enough. We have shown that we can hold out against top teams,” Dortmund coach Edin Terzic said during a press conference ahead of the game.
“It will be a brutally difficult task, we have to work hard and be courageous tomorrow,” he added.
In order to take on the challenge, Dortmund will need Haaland to put on a show. The Norwegian has not scored in two games, including in their defeat to City.
However, the rising star has recently been contributing more to his less marked teammates.
“Erling Haaland was an extremely important factor for us in the last few games, even if he didn’t score. He’s always running and binds players. As a team, we of course hope that he scores again soon,” the coach said.
Manchester City’s defeat to a ten-man, middle-table Leeds United may not be the best build-up for a team who had to wait till the dying minutes to score the winner against the German club last time around.
But it gave coach Pep Guardiola a chance to rest some of his first-choice players, including Rodri, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, and Kevin de Bruyne, who excelled against Dortmund, ahead of the second leg.
“We have to try and execute our plan. It doesn’t matter what happens in the first leg, you have a chance in the second,” Guardiola said during a press conference on the eve of the game.
“Our idea is to go there and do as best as possible and let them feel we are not going to defend what we got here. We want to impose our game to win the game,” he added. EFE