Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Signal-Iduna-Park will host Tuesday’s showdown between Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona, who are placed in the “group of death”. The Millionaires did well to add several top-class players to the squad in the summer transfer window and seeing that Marco Reus and Sancho are still part of the team, the Germans are definitely capable of grabbing something from their opener.
Argentine ace Leo Messi, on the other hand, is rated doubtful for the match and seeing that Luis Suarez is not yet fully fit, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be summer signing Antoine Griezmann, who has been in a fine form at the start of the new La Liga campaign. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the group stages of the Champions League.
Highlighted Player (Axel Witsel):
Alex Witsel is Belgian footballer who plays for Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 186-cm-tall midfielder began his senior career at Standard Liege and after spending five years at the Belgian club, he moved to Benfica in 2011. Witsel impressed in the 2011/2012 Primeira Liga campaign and, as a result, Zenit chiefs decided to sign him on 3 September, 2012.
The Belgian footballer scored 4 goals in 19 league appearances for the Zenitchiki in the 2012/2013 Russian Premier League campaign and he has been producing fine displays for the Russian outfit ever since he joined the club. Speaking of his international career, Alex Witsel has nine caps for Belgium U-21 side and he made his debut for the first team on 26 March, 2008.
The Belgian midfielder represented his homeland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he played for the Red Devils at the 2016 European Championship finals as well.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.