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Following their spirited Bundesliga win over Bayern Munich at the weekend, Borussia Dortmund are bound to be in high spirits when they host Polish side Legia Warsaw, in the 5th round of the Champions League group fixtures on Tuesday.
The Signal Iduna Park outfit currently top Group F having won 3 and drawn 1 of their 4 matches, and another victory in the return leg against Warsaw, whom they thrashed 6 – nil in September will see them retain their top spot and finish as group leaders if they get a point against Madrid on matchday 6.
Here is how Tuchel will most likely line his men up in the important fixture.
Formation : 4-1-4-1
The Swiss has kept 2 clean sheets in Europe this term and has also remained in splendid form in the league.
He sure will be in between the sticks for The Black and Yellows on Tuesday night.
The Portuguese has been a great addition to Dortmund’s backline since arriving this summer, and the 22-year-old has appeared in 3 Champions League games this season.
Could make it number 4 against the Poles.
The ever-reliable centre back should also play his 4th Champions League fixture of the season as Tuchel would probably want to field his best options at the back considering how Warsaw stunned Madrid with 3 goals to earn a draw weeks ago.
The former Barcelona centre-half has been a mainstay in Dortmund’s starting XI since switching from Camp Nou this summer and should be in lined up on Tuesday evening.
The 22-year-old has often been lined up on the right this season whenever the Greek and Spaniard centre-halves are selected, and the case shouldn’t be any different it that happens again against Warsaw.
Probably the best defensive midfielder in the Bundesliga at the moment. The youngster has played his role as the protector of the rearguard well and should get the nod for the continental clash.
The World Cup winner has played mostly in centre midfield this term, while he has also appeared on the left and in attacking roles further up on the pitch.
He is most likely to retain a central role against the visiting Poles having played there in all through his 4 Champions League appearances this term.
The Japanese could make another Champions League appearance this season following his splendid performance against Sporting Lisbon in the last matchday.
The French youngster has been in excellent form this term since arriving from Ligue 1 and has continued to put in his best on the continental showpiece.
Could make the starting lineup
Dortmund’s brightest talents could yet get another opportunity to continue his development against the Poles, and he never disappoints when handed a start.
CAF Awards African Player of the year favourite is unarguably set to return to the lineup after missing Dortmund’s last Champions League game due to internal reasons.
Would most likely add to his 3 European goals of the season.