Champions League continues as Borussia Dortmund will hope to continue their impressive record against English club’s when Arsenal come to town tonight, as the Gunners are crying out to be backed at odds of 4/1 (KO 19:45GMT).
Jurgen Klopp’s side have never lost at home to a side from England winning four and drawing three of seven games a win on Wednesday would see them leapfrog their visitors and in control of the group.
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The Bundesliga side have been impressive this season, losing just twice in 17 competitive games and currently sit second in the German league a point behind leaders Bayern Munich.
A late Robert Lewandowski goal saw Dortmund beat the Gunners 2-1 in the Emirates last time out in a game that saw the Dortmund’s players run 11km more than their Arsenal counterparts.
While the win was very pleasing to manager Klopp, the former Mainz coach was also pleased that his side ran more admitting that while he respected Arsene Wenger and his philosophy, he preferred his team’s high intensity game to the Gunners possession game.
“He is really something. I love him. He is Sir Arsene Wenger,” said Klopp.
“But he likes having the ball, playing football, passes… it’s like an orchestra. But it is a silent song. I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud.
“When I watch Arsenal in the last 10 years it is nearly perfect football but we all know they didn’t win a title.
“Who wins the title? Chelsea, but with different football. But this is the philosophy of Wenger. I love this but I cannot coach this as I am different.”
“I love it when I read after the game that we ran more than the opponent. If somebody tells me after the game that we ran 10km more than the opponent, that’s good.
“I want to fight with perfect defence, switching to offence, very fast, switching back to defence very fast.
“It’s not the same with Wenger. Handling some situations we are similar. I hope so. He’s very intelligent, a great guy.
“I am a very emotional guy. What I love, I do with all I have. I fight for justice. It’s a very important point for me. You give all… there’s no guarantee that you get all but if you give all maybe you can get something.
“If, in the last four years, Barcelona were the first team I saw playing when I was four years of age – this serenity of football, they win 5-0, 6-0 – I would have played tennis.
‘It is not my sport. I don’t like winning with 80 per cent (of possession). Sorry that is not enough for me”
Dortmund will head into the game without club captain Sebastian Kehl (ankle), Lukasz Piszczek (groin) and Ilkay Gundogan (back).
While Arsenal, five points clear at the top of the Premier League following their 2-0 win over Liverpool, will be without Theo Walcott (abdomen), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).