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Football | UEFA Champions League 2023 | Round of 16 Second Leg | Preview

By Chris Sampson

  • Chelsea boosted by win over Leeds as they take on Dortmund
  • Spurs look to overhaul Milan after defeats at Sheffield United and Wolves
Europe -Tottenham and Chelsea both go into their second leg ties a goal behind as they look to make the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.


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Chelsea (0) v Borussia Dortmund (1) 7 March 20:00

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Chelsea face a huge task against in-form Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge. Graham Potter’s expensively assembled side have struggled to gel, and they must find a way to overturn a one goal deficit against a team who have been in wonderful form since the World Cup break. Saturday saw the Blues record a much needed win over Leeds United in the Premier League. They will be hoping that this represents a turning point in their season.

Dortmund went top of the Bundesliga on Friday evening after a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig However, Bayern Munich won at VfB Stuttgart the following day to overtake them on goal difference. Dortmund went ahead in the 20th minute when Marco Reus from the penalty spot after winning the spot kick himself, before Emre Can made it 2-0. This was Dortmund’s tenth win in succession and they will travel to Stamford Bridge full of confidence.


Tottenham Hotspur (0) v AC Milan (1) 8 March 20:00

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Tottenham trail AC Milan by a single goal going into the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Spurs had been boosted by vital Premier League wins over West Ham and Chelsea to take them into the top four. However, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship promotion chasers Sheffield United on Wednesday, and followed this up with a Premier League defeat at Wolves.

AC Milan had won four successive matches in all competitions, their last match in that sequence being a 2-0 victory over Atalanta. Saturday, however, saw that run end, with Milan losing 1-0 at Fiorentina in Serie A.

This week’s Champions League ties take place on Tuesday March 7 and Wednesday March 8. Liverpool and Manchester City are in Champions League action next week.


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