Chelsea vs Dortmund Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the starting line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg between Chelsea and Dortmund.
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Chelsea and Dortmund meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Tuesday 7 March.
Chelsea vs Dortmund at a glance
When: Tuesday 7 March (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Stamford Bridge, London
What: UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
How it stands: First leg: 0-1
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage can be found here
Where to watch Chelsea vs Dortmund on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
It was a case of déjà vu for Chelsea in Germany as they failed to find a way past an inspired Gregor Kobel, despite registering 21 attempts at the opposition goal. A more clinical performance at Stamford Bridge might be enough to see them over the line in this last-16 tie, but Edin Terzić's young team have been in magnificent form since the turn of the year and will be confident of rubber-stamping their place in the quarter-finals.
Chelsea: Kepa; Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Kovaćič, Fernández, Chilwell; Sterling, João Félix, Havertz
Misses next match if booked: Gallagher, James, Koulibaly, Mudryk, Thiago Silva
Dortmund: Meyer; Wolf, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Can; Brandt, Bellingham, Salih Özcan, Reus; Haller
Misses next match if booked: Can, Salih Özcan
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WLLLDD
Where they stand: 10th in Premier League
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWWWWW
Where they stand: 2nd in Bundesliga, German Cup quarter-finals
Joe Terry, Chelsea reporter
Although the 1-0 loss from the first leg is only a slim margin to overcome, Chelsea's recent run of form and performances means it feels like a real mountain to climb. Quite simply the Blues don't look like scoring enough and defensive frailties are too easily exposed in games, which is exacerbated by the loss of the influential Thiago Silva to injury. The win against Leeds at the weekend will have eased things, but Dortmund in the Champions League is an altogether difference prospect.
James Thorogood, Dortmund reporter
With ten wins from a possible ten since the turn of the year, Dortmund are Europe's most in-form team. Yes, João Felix's profligacy played its part in BVB fashioning a 1-0 lead against Chelsea, but the first-leg result points to a pattern of securing wins that they would likely have let slip in recent seasons. Maintain that trend in London and the optimism surrounding this special Dortmund side is only going to continue to grow.
What the coaches say
Graham Potter, Chelsea coach: "The position we are in, you should always welcome the pressure. It means you are in a fantastic situation to compete for the last eight. I'm just thinking about how important it is for the team and club to get to the last eight. We're playing against a top opponent and it's a huge challenge, but at the same time what an opportunity."
Edin Terzić, Dortmund coach: "[Goalkeeper] Gregor [Kobel] has been receiving treatment in Dortmund for the last two days. He has felt better every day. We will work with him and decide after the [Tuesday training] session if he can play. After this game, we want to be among the eight most successful teams in Europe this season."
Where is the 2023 Champions League final?
Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the final on Saturday 10 June 2023.
The winners gain a place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.