There are contrasting moods in the Dortmund and Monaco camps as they renew acquaintance in Germany.
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There are contrasting moods at Borussia Dortmund and Monaco as they prepare to renew acquaintance in the second round of Group A fixtures.
• While Christian Pulišić scored a late winner for Dortmund at Club Brugge on matchday one, Monaco let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at home to Atlético Madrid, extending their run of UEFA Champions League defeats to three – and their winless streak to nine.
• The teams' only past fixtures came in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals – Monaco's most recent European wins. The French side won the away first leg 3-2 in Germany, Shinji Kagawa getting Dortmund's second goal.
• Radamel Falcao was on target in a 3-1 Monaco victory in the Stade Louis II second leg; Marco Reus got Dortmund's sole reply. Leonardo Jardim's side went on to lose home and away to Juventus in the semi-finals.
• Fourth in last season's Bundesliga, the German club are in the group stage for the third season running, and the seventh time in eight years – and they have already improved on their 2017/18 campaign, when they picked up only two points from their six fixtures. They went on to reach the UEFA Europa League round of 16, losing to Salzburg.
• The victory at Club Brugge on matchday one was only Dortmund's second in their last 12 UEFA Champions League fixtures (D3 L7).
• The German club picked up only one point at home in last season's group stage, and are without a win in their last four matches in the competition in Dortmund (D1 L3).
• The 3-2 home win against Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg was Dortmund's only European victory last season, and is their only success in their last six European home matches (D1 L4).
• Dortmund's record at home to French clubs reads W4 D3 L2. They have won only two of their last seven games at home to French visitors; a 3-0 win against Marseille in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage is the only success in the last five.
• Second in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco reached the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals but finished bottom of their 2017/18 group having collected two points from their six games.
• Monaco drew two of their three away games in 2017/18, losing the other; that win in Dortmund in 2016/17 is their sole success in their last eight European away fixtures (D3 L4).
• Monaco are without a win in nine European games (D2 L7), since that 3-1 home victory against Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg in April 2017.
• Monaco drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig on matchday one last season, and have lost on only one of their last eight trips to Germany (W4 D3).
• Runners-up in 2004, Monaco remain the last French team to reach the UEFA Champions League final.
Links and trivia
• Dortmund coach Lucien Favre was in charge of Nice between 2016 and departing for Germany this summer, guiding the club to third place in Ligue 1 in 2016/17. Favre had also had a spell in France as a player, representing Toulouse between 1981 and 1983.
• Abdou Diallo was at Monaco between 2014 and 2017, making ten Ligue 1 appearances.
• Have played together:
Marwin Hitz & Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg 2008–13)
Ömer Toprak & Benjamin Henrichs (Leverkusen 2015–17)
• Have played in Germany:
Diego Benaglio (Stuttgart 2002–05, Wolfsburg 2008–17)
Benjamin Henrichs (Leverkusen 2015–18)
• Have played in France:
Raphaël Guerreiro (Caen 2012/13, Lorient 2013–16)
Dan-Axel Zagadou (Paris Saint-Germain B 2016/17)
• International team-mates
Łukasz Piszczek & Kamil Glik (Poland)
Axel Witsel & Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli (Belgium)
Achraf Hakimi & Youssef Aït Bennasser (Morocco)
• Falcao scored in Colombia's 3-0 defeat of Piszczek's Poland during this summer's FIFA World Cup group stage.
• Kagawa was on target as Japan beat Falcao and Colombia 2-1 in the same section at the World Cup.
• Kagawa's Japan lost 3-2 to Belgium in the round of 16 at the World Cup, Chadli scoring Belgium's last-minute winner.
• Guerreiro helped Portugal win UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
• Summer transfers
In: Marius Wolf (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Abdou Diallo (Mainz), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid, loan), Axel Witsel (Quanjian), Paco Alcácer (Barcelona, loan)
Out: Mikel Merino (Newcastle United), Dominik Reimann (Kiel), Roman Weidenfeller (retired), Gonzalo Castro (Stuttgart), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town), André Schürrle (Fulham, loan), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Nuri Şahin (Werder Bremen)
• On 26 September Dortmund earned their biggest Bundesliga win in 32 years, beating Nürnberg 7-0.
• Achraf Hakimi scored on his league debut, with Jacob Bruun Larsen and Manuel Akanji also opening their accounts for Dortmund. Marco Reus got two goals.
• Dortmund are unbeaten in their eight games this season (W6 D2), most recently Saturday's 4-2 Bundesliga win at Bayer Leverkusen when they came from two down at half-time. They have won all three at home, scoring 14 goals and conceding only two.
• Paco Alcácer, who scored twice on Saturday, has three goals in his first two Dortmund matches.
• Ömer Toprak has not played this season due to a thigh injury.
• Summer transfers
In: Samuel Grandsir (Troyes), Willem Geubbels (Lyon)*, Wilson Isidor (Rennes)*, Sofiane Diop (Rennes), Robert Navarro (Barcelona)*, Pelé (Rio Ave)*, Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea)*, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (St-Étienne)*, Antonio Barreca (Torino), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moskva), Jean-Eudes Aholou (Strasbourg), Benjamin Henrichs (Leverkusen), Nacer Chadli (West Brom)
Out: Fabinho (Liverpool), Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield), Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town), João Moutinho (Wolves), Adrien Bongiovanni (Cercle Brugge), Thomas Lemar (Atlético), Soualiho Meïté (Torino), Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester), Boschilia (Nantes, loan), Keita Baldé (Inter, loan), Jorge (Porto, loan)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad
• Monaco were beaten 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Trophée des Champions on 4 August.
• Monaco have won only one of their ten matches this season, the 3-1 success at Nantes on the opening day of Ligue 1 on 11 August. They have lost four, including five of the last seven, and went down 2-0 at St-Étienne on Friday.
• Radamel Falcao has scored three goals in Monaco's first eight Ligue 1 games; he had 12 by the same stage of 2017/18.
• Falcao and Youri Tielemans – who failed to find the net in 27 Ligue 1 outings last season – have scored Monaco's last four league goals between them, registering twice each.
• Aleksandr Golovin made his Monaco debut in the 1-1 draw against Nîmes on 21 September, having injured his right ankle in early August.
• Danijel Subašić has not played since the FIFA World Cup final on 15 July due to a hamstring injury.
• Rony Lopes suffered a hamstring injury in training with Portugal in early September and has not played since, while Stevan Jovetić has not featured since 18 August and has a calf complaint.