Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund travel to Tottenham Hotspur for the first round in the knockout of the Champions League with significant staff problems. (Round knockout Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund at 21:00 in LIVETICKER, all information also from 20:15 Fantalk on TV Sport1)
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In addition to captain Mark Reus, who missed last Bundesliga match on Saturday against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim due to tire injuries, Borussia Dortmund also has Paco Alcacer (shoulder pads), Julian Weigl (flu) and Lukasz Piszczek (foot problems) without.
Sancho and Diallo are causing an alarm
BVB director Hans-Joachim Watzke commented on failures and explained the staff situation in Spurs: "I would not like without Kane and Alli." The last time Tottenham was really convincing, "but he did not play stars from the sky".
Prior to his departure in Dortmund, Jadon Sancho and Abdou Diallo caused irritation: the Englishman was already in the security area, before turning again, entered the cab and drove away. He forgot his passport as well as Diallo, but the French appeared again at the airport as soon as possible – as opposed to Sancho, whose returning authorities were waiting for Dortmund.
Winter novice Leonardo Balerdi travels to Dortmund for the first time: the 20-year-old Argentine has returned from Boca Junior to BVB but soon went to the U20 South American Championship. There, in the pre-match match against Uruguay, he drafted a handball match, which in early January had early return to Dortmund.
Also, Dan-Axel Zagadou is coach of BVB Lucien Favre after weeks of injury again.
Also weakened by Tottenham
The Spurs game is an introduction to the trilogy of the German-English Champions League. Schalke 04 met with Premier in Manchester City, record-breaking champions Bayern Munich met Liverpool with Team Leader Jürgen Klopp.
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Tottenham also replaced the weaker in the match. The top shooter of the World Cup Harry Kane and the international team of England's Dele Alli drop.
"Even without the two Tottenhama there is tremendous quality," said Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensing department.