Champions League preview: Juventus gear up for must-win match against Porto; Dortmund face Sevilla

Borussia Dortmund concerns over star striker Erling Haaland possibly missing Sevilla’s visit were eased on Monday when the Norwegian could take a full part in training.

The Associated Press March 09, 2021 12:09:45 IST
Champions League preview: Juventus gear up for must-win match against Porto; Dortmund face Sevilla

Juventus' coach Andrea Pirlo (L) during a training session. AFP

A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Tuesday with second legs in the Round of 16:

Juventus vs Porto (first leg: 1-2)

Juve’s injury problems are easing heading into the match against a beleaguered Porto side. Bianconeri captain Giorgio Chiellini could be fit enough to take his place in the defence alongside Leonardo Bonucci, who returned to action only on Saturday in the win over Lazio. Defender Matthijs de Ligt also returned to training but is still unavailable as is injured forward Paolo Dybala and midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who has the coronavirus .

Álvaro Morata is finding his best form after recovering from illness and has scored three times in his last two matches. Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo could find themselves up against a makeshift Porto defence as captain Pepe and Chancel Mbemba are injury doubts. There are also question marks over the fitness of midfielders Jesús Corona and Marko Grujić.

Dortmund vs Sevilla (3-2)

Borussia Dortmund concerns over star striker Erling Haaland possibly missing Sevilla’s visit were eased on Monday when the Norwegian could take a full part in training. Jadon Sancho, however, is out for some time with a hamstring injury.

Haaland, who scored twice in the 3-2 win in Seville, felt the force of Jérôme Boateng’s studs on the back of his right ankle in the 4-2 loss at Bayern Munich on Saturday. “We reckon he’ll be able to play,” said Dortmund coach Edin Terzić, who hinted Haaland wouldn’t play the full game.

“He always gives 100 percent. We’re keeping an eye on avoiding injury. Better that we do without him for a few minutes in the game than a whole week.” Raphaël Guerreiro and Gio Reyna remain doubtful for Sevilla. Both missed training on Monday. Dortmund’s loss in Munich was the end of its four-game winning run across all competitions.

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