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Borussia Dortmund boss admits he ‘doesn’t know how Chelsea will play’ in Champions League after transfer spree



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Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic has admitted that he isn’t sure what to expect from Chelsea in the round of 16 of the Champions League after their January transfer spending spree.

The Blues saw no less than eight players come through the doors at Stamford Bridge, while Jorginho departed to Arsenal in what proved to be a busy window for the club.

Out of the eight incomings, Graham Potter has named Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez in his Champions League squad and the trio will be in contention to face Dortmund on Wednesday.

Due to regulations stating that the Blues could only add an additional three players to their existing squad, the likes of Benoit Badiashile and Noni Madueke were left disappointed to not be registered.

Chelsea know that the Champions League remains the only realistic trophy up for grabs this season, having been knocked out of both the League Cup and FA Cup to Manchester City.

However, they face a tough task in Borussia Dortmund, who are in fine form in the Bundesliga.

The Germans are also boosted by news that a bumper crowd is expected at Signal Iduna Park, with up to 81,000 in attendance for the first time in the Champions League knockout stages.

Potter will be aware that his side must be at their very best to come away from Germany with a result, but it appears that their January transfer activity may prove to be a boost for the head coach.

Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic has admitted that he isn’t sure what to expect from Chelsea due to their busy transfer period.

Speaking to the press ahead of the clash, he said: “It’s not easy to analyze. After the Champions League draw we watched their games but then in the transfer window there was so much movement from them.

“They sold key players, brought in other key players. Then we saw the official Champions League list but then there was the transfer of Joao Felix, for example.

“So you don’t know how they will play. In defence they played with four but before also with three in the back. We will prepare for everything.”

Potter will be hoping that his new signings can provide a boost as they face Dortmund, with Raheem Sterling looking unlikely to feature.

The winger suffered a knee injury in training last week and missed out on a start against West Ham but was hopeful of returning for the Champions League clash.

Chelsea will also be without their joint-top scorer with Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has not been registered.