UCL, preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the Champions League last 16 but they need at least a draw in their final game at home to Anderlecht on Tuesday to progress as Group D winners.
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the Champions League last 16 but they need at least a draw in their final game at home to Anderlecht on Tuesday to progress as Group D winners.
Jurgen Klopp`s side made sure of their place in the knockout phase with a 4-1 away win at Galatasaray at the start of November, but a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal a fortnight ago means they are not yet certain of top spot and the easier draw in the next round that is likely to come with it.
Indeed, should they suffer what would be a surprise defeat against the Belgian champions at the Signal Iduna Park, Arsenal would be in a position to leapfrog them with a win at Galatasaray.
Besnik Hasi`s Anderlecht, who lost 3-0 at home to Dortmund in October when Adrian Ramos scored twice, have only pride left to play for as they are certain to finish third and parachute into the knockout stage of the Europa League.
Dortmund warmed up for Tuesday`s clash with a 1-0 win at home to Hoffenheim on Friday that saw them climb off the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga.
Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scored the only goal in a 1-0 win with a first-half header and veteran Sebastian Kehl called for another workmanlike display against the Belgians to further boost fragile confidence.
"We won`t be successful for that one if we only play nice football," said the 34-year-old.
"We shouldn`t leave the path we are on now. We were in the relegation places in the league, we`ve burst out of them, but now we have to take care.
"We have learnt that just playing nice football in the middle doesn`t mean success," added Kehl, the former Dortmund skipper who was asked to fire up the side with the pre-match team-talk by current captain Mats Hummels, with Klopp later admitting the speech was delivered in "unprintable" language.
Hummels will captain Dortmund after returning against Hoffenheim from a five-game absence due to a sprained ankle, while Klopp says he is yet to decide whether Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak will keep his place between the posts after being prefered to Roman Weidenfeller against Hoffenheim.
Anderlecht are second in the Belgian Pro League, but slumped to a 4-2 defeat at mid-table Mouscron-Peruwelz on Saturday with Congo defender Chancel Mbemba, who also netted an own goal, and Ivory Coast striker Cyriac scoring their goals.