Manchester City resume their Champions League campaign at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as they take on Borussia Dortmund in the competition’s quarter finals.
The first leg of the tie sees the German side travel to Manchester having seen off Sevilla in the Last 16, although it wasn’t plain sailing.
That has been the case for Dortmund’s season in general, where they sit 5th in the Bundesliga table a whopping 21 points off the pace of league leaders Bayern Munich.
Defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend was the latest bump in what has been a turbulent league campaign for Dortmund, who have now lost 10 games this term.
With the knowledge that some of the club’s bigger stars are attracting plenty of interest elsewhere, as well as the pre-agreed arrival of Monchengladbach coach Marco Rose in the summer to take charge of affairs, it’s understandable Dortmund appear somewhat in disarray.
One of those talents is Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian being hot property right now.
The striker – whose father Alfie is a former Manchester City player – has already smashed the record for the quickest time to reach 20 Champions League goals and has netted in the last 6 Dortmund European games.
Haaland is known to be an admirer of Manchester City having been photographed in City shirts as a young lad and further fuelled speculation by checking in to Manchester’s Lowry Hotel sporting a sky-blue backpack – colours associated with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Manchester City boss has been speaking about transfer options in recent weeks after Sergio Aguero announced he was to depart the club after 10 seasons in the summer.
Guardiola also made the decision to allow Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho to leave the Etihad Stadium in 2017, with the forward since having performed at a high level and broken through into the England squad.
His return to his former club will also be a sub-plot in what is set to be an interesting tie – Guardiola hasn’t tasted Champions League glory since beating Manchester United at Wembley in 2011 when in charge of Barcelona.
He’ll be keen to break his decade-long European drought and he has a fully-fit squad to choose from on Tuesday against Dortmund.
The first leg of the Champions League quarter final at the Etihad Stadium kicks off at 8pm.