AS Monaco welcome Borussia Dortmund at the Stade Louis II on the 19th of April in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. It was cruel to make Dortmund play just 24 hours after an explosion on their team bus that was arriving at the stadium. Dortmund defender Marc Bartra had injured his wrist due to the unfortunate explosion and underwent a successful surgery. It had a bad psychological effect on the player’s minds and to play the next day was not a good idea according to many people, including their coach Thomas Tuchel. But the first leg scoreline (2-3) showed Dortmund’s players had a good attitude and played their hearts out.
Monaco are flying high
Monaco are in fine form at the moment. With only one loss in the last 10 games across all competitions, they will surely be high on confidence. They won 3-2 against Dortmund in their away game and those 3 away goals will be worth their weight in gold. Monaco have scored 90 goals in the league this season which is indicative of their attacking threat.
Kylian Mbappé Lottin, the 18-year old centre-forward, has scored 21 goals this season with 4 of them coming in the Champions League. He will certainly be a key player on the night.
Another centre-forward, Radamel Falcao, who is still prone to injury has found the knack of scoring goals whenever he is on the pitch. He has scored six in the 6 games he has played so far in the competition.
AS Monaco Team News
Monaco rested a key number of players against Dijon in their weekend league match. Tiemoue Bakayoko will surely return to the first-team line-up from suspension. Fabinho is out after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. Benjamin Mendy is also back in contention after picking up an injury with France National team.
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— AS MONACO ðŸ‡²ðŸ‡¨ (@AS_Monaco) April 19, 2017
Dortmund hoping for a comeback and survive a shock defeat in the quarter-finals
Dortmund were the favourites to progress into the semi-final stage but an unfortunate incident damaged their hopes psychologically ahead of the first home leg. Still, they managed to cut the deficit in half in the second half. They still have a pretty good chance to make it to the semis and on paper, they definitely look a better side than their counterparts. They secured an important 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the weekend to boost their confidence ahead of the away leg. It was positive for the players as well as the fans.
Aubameyang has scored 33 goals already this season with 7 of them coming in the Champions League. He will be important to the team as he will lead the fightback.
Another important player returning from injury is Marco Reus. He will be looking to cause problems for the Monaco defence with his speed and flair.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 19, 2017
Borussia Dortmund Team News
Marc Bartra is expected to be out for a month after an injury to the wrist in the unfortunate explosion on the team bus ahead of the first leg. Andre Schürrle (achilles) and Mario Götze (illness) are the other notable absentees.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 18, 2017
AS Monaco (4-1-3-2): Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Bakayoko, Moutinho, Lemar, Silva; Falcao, Mbappe.
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Bürki, Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bender, Schmelzer; Weigl, Castro; Dembele, Kagawa, Reus; Aubameyang.
AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund were shocked both mentally and on the pitch after the unfortunate incident on their team bus just an hour before kick-off. There were no doubts that the display was due to the events that took place a day before the game. But Monaco were brilliant in their attacking display, tearing Dortmund’s defence on numerous occasions. Both teams went on to win their respective league games on the weekend, with Dortmund securing a much-needed win after a two-game losing streak.
Meanwhile Monaco had to work hard after Radamel Falcao came on as a second-half substitute to score the winner from well-crafted free-kick. It’s no easy feat to defeat Monaco on their home turf but the return of Marco Reus should give them a good chance of a comeback. But away from home, Dortmund have lost 4 of their last 7 matches and have had severe defensive issues, so a Monaco win on the night looks a good prediction.