Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news and prediction ahead of Champions League clash
Chelsea resume their Champions League campaign as they enter the knockout stages when they face Borussia Dortmund TONIGHT.
Graham Potter‘s side travel to the Signal Iduna Park for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie after progressing through the group stages, finishing top of Group E on 13 points ahead of AC Milan, RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.
Chelsea were handed a tricky test in the first stage of the knockouts, coming up against Edin Terzić’s side who have won their last seven games in a row in all competitions, scoring 22 goals in the process.
It’s Potter’s first test of Champions League knockout action and he is relishing the chance to manage the Blues in Germany, with Chelsea currently four games unbeaten (W1, D3).
They were unable to include all of their new signings in the squad for the latter stages, but will have the big name arrivals of Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix available.
Potter accepts Wednesday’s affair will be a tricky challenge, but knows his side will do everything they can to try to progress into the quarter-finals.
“In a knockout competition anything can happen,” admitted the 47-year-old. “That’s the thing. It’s two games. I don’t think it’s valuable for us to look past Dortmund.
“We have the capability to beat Dortmund but they are also a strong side with the capability to get a result as well. We have to understand that, go to Dortmund with humility, with respect, and try to get the result.
Obviously it’s a tough match against a high-quality opponent. But at the same time, our team has got some good players.”
The Chelsea head coach added: “(This squad) has won the Champions League. They’ve experienced it. They’ll want to fight for the game, that’s for sure, and that’s exciting for us.”
Here is all the information for the league encounter:
Date, kick-off-time and location
The Champions League clash between Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea will kick-off at 8pm (UK) on Wednesday 15th February 2023, with the game being held at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.
How to watch Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea
It will be available to watch live on BT Sport.
Chelsea team news to face Borussia Dortmund
Potter was forced to make some huge decisions ahead of the last 16 tie. He named his new 25-man squad for the knockouts and removed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to allow Chelsea to register the maximum of three new signings into the team.
Fernandez, Mudryk and Felix were all added, leaving the in-form Benoit Badiashile disappointed and the man to miss out along with Noni Madueke, Andrey Santos – who is yet to get a work permit – and David Datro Fofana.
Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were handed starts in the draw to West Ham, stepping up their road to full fitness. Ben Chilwell was offered more minutes and could be in contention to face the Bundesliga outfit.
Kalidou Koulibaly could start in Badiashile’s absence after he returned to training having missed Saturday’s game due to illness.
Wesley Fofana, Denis Zakaria and Mateo Kovacic are up for selection, while Raheem Sterling is unavailable as he remained in London.
N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja remain sidelined for the Blues.
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