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Monaco v Dortmund: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

Published: Tuesday 18 April 2017, 20.15CET
Only twice have a team overturned a first-leg home defeat in the UEFA Champions League but Thomas Tuchel is convinced his side can become the third against a Monaco side who promise to attack.
by David Crossan from Monaco
Monaco v Dortmund: line-ups, where to watch, form guide
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund) ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

MonacoDortmund

Goals scored22
 
28
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts147
 
152
on target56
 
71
off target56
 
52
blocked35
 
29
against woodwork2
 
5
Corners60
 
51
Offsides25
 
40
Yellow cards28
 
19
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed143
 
109
Fouls suffered140
 
118
Passes4801
 
6294
completed3874
 
5534

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
 
Published: Tuesday 18 April 2017, 20.15CET

Monaco v Dortmund: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

Only twice have a team overturned a first-leg home defeat in the UEFA Champions League but Thomas Tuchel is convinced his side can become the third against a Monaco side who promise to attack.

Possible line-ups
Monaco
: Subašić; Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko, Moutinho, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappé.
Out: Fabinho (suspended), Sidibé (appendicitis), Boschilia (ankle), Carrillo (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Jemerson, Falcao, Germain, Lemar, Sidibé

Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bender, Schmelzer; Weigl; Dembélé, Castro, Reus, Guerreiro; Aubameyang.
Out
: Bartra (wrist), Götze (illness), Schürrle (Achilles)
Doubtful: Durm (muscular), Rode (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Ginter, Guerreiro, Papastathopoulos, Schmelzer

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Jardim puts his players through their paces

Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach
Our team are used to playing a certain way and we won't change our DNA. Maybe we'll need to score to go through. We expect Dortmund to be much stronger than in the first leg. They have Castro and Reus back and they're two very important players for them.

Our minds have to stay on tomorrow's game. We're 90 minutes away from reaching the semis but our opponents are in the same situation. We need to approach this as we have all our Champions League matches this season.

First-leg highlights: Dortmund 2-3 Monaco

Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund coach
We need to play well and I'm convinced we can do it. I have brought a quality squad here and we're capable of winning by two clear goals. We must find the balance between defence and attack.

We are an attacking side and we'll try to create as many chances as possible. Our trademark is scoring goals. What we must avoid is losing the ball as easily as we did for Monaco's third goal in the first leg. We will attack from the first minute until the 90th.

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Falcao fires in Monaco's winner

Weekend results
Monaco 2-1 Dijon (Dirar 69, Falcao 81; Varrault 42)
Radamel Falcao's set-piece prowess earned Ligue 1 leaders Monaco the points. Nabil Dirar pounced on the rebound after a free-kick from the Colombian, on as a substitute, had rattled the bar and hit the back of Dijon keeper Baptiste Reynet. Falcao perfected his aim 12 minutes later, curling a right-footed effort into the far corner.

Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Reus 2, Papastathopoulos 34, Aubameyang 86; Fabian 29)
Making his first appearance in almost six weeks after overcoming a hamstring injury, Marco Reus set Dortmund en route to a victory that consolidated fourth place in the German top flight. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike, his 26th of the campaign, drew him level with Lewandowski atop the Bundesliga scorers' chart.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dortmund: WLLWDW
Monaco: WWWWLW

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Tuchel is in confident mood

Reporter's view: David Crossan (@UEFAcomDavidC)
Sitting on a one-goal advantage is not Monaco's style; to attempt to do so would be a mistake. Their strength is going forward, as evidenced by 138 goals scored in all competitions this season. Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé will fancy adding to his first-leg double and Benjamin Mendy is back from injury to help contain Dortmund's rapid attack. However, Fabinho's suspension is a concern as the Brazilian provides balance. Should the visitors play as they did in the second half in Germany, there will be more than a few nerves at Stade Louis II.

Did you know?
Only twice in UEFA Champions League history have a team overturned a first-leg home defeat to win the tie. Find out more in our extensive match background.

Last updated: 18/04/17 20.32CET

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