Hello and welcome to coverage of the mouth-watering clash between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund from the Etihad.
Much of the attention tonight will centre on Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who is one of the most exciting young players in world football.
The 20-year-old has scored 39 goals for club and country this season, including 10 in six appearances in the Champions League.
City are among a host of clubs with an interest in signing Haaland in the summer but last week, the Norway striker’s agent was spotted in Spain having talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid officials.
Speaking ahead of the match, City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Haaland’s goalscoring qualities.
“At that age, to score this amount of goals is not easy to find in the past, honestly,” Guardiola said Monday. “The numbers, they speak for themselves. When that happens, it’s because he can score right, left, on the counterattack, in the box, when you dominate, when you make counterattacks, in the headers.
“He is a fantastic striker. Everybody knows it. A blind guy realizes he is a good striker. It’s not necessary to be a manager to realize (that) about him.”
The match has come too early for Jadon Sancho, who is yet to recover from a thigh injury.
Dortmund’s interim coach Edin Terzic said at his pre-match press conference: “Jadon didn’t join the squad. He has stayed in Germany and is doing his rehab in Dortmund.
“He has been running for the last couple of days and we hope it will not be a long time (for him) to get back to team training but he won’t be available for the next week.”
Dortmund are fifth in the Bundesliga and failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could make it harder for them to retain their biggest names such as Sancho and Haaland.
Terzic said: “The future is hard to tell. We have seven games left to qualify for the Champions League. It is difficult now but it is still possible.
“We will try our best to make it possible and at the end of the season we will see what is going to happen.”