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Dortmund will be desperate to keep things going
Borussia Dortmund’s domestic campaign in the Bundesliga has been nothing short of catastrophic. 2013’s Champions League finalists have found themselves cut adrift from their more comfortable top two position and are currently residing in 12th in the league, only after a three game winning streak dragged them out of the relegation places. Now on form and focusing on European football, Dortmund coach Klopp will be desperate for his side to keep up their recent good results in the hope of re-establishing themselves as one of the more dominant sides in Europe. Dortmund’s poor domestic form hasn’t detracted from their European credibility with the German side finishing top of their group ahead of tonight’s huge tie. Facing up against Serie A’s Juventus, Dortmund will feel that they can allay any fears of European embarrassment by working off of their last three wins domestically. BF

An almost certain goalfest in Manchester
Manchester City’s desperate quest for some European success looks to have hit another stumbling block in the form of drawing Barcelona in the round of 16. The Catalan side met City at the same stage of this competition last season and eased through with a 4-1 aggregate win, so there will be obvious reservations about the Premier League holders progressing any further. What Manuel Pellegrini’s side will do is look to secure some sort of aggregate lead to take to the 2nd leg. Barca won 2-0 at the Etihad the last time these two sides met, a match in which Martin Demichelis was sent off, and given the disciplinary problems again this campaign – Yaya Toure is suspended tonight – it’s unlikely that City will make the same mistakes. With Sergio Aguero fit and Wilfried Bony in contention for his first City start, an attacking approach can be expected from the home side, and with their defensive frailties surely tested as a result we’re set for an entertaining watch. JW

Juventus will want to learn from the lessons of two years ago
Juventus make their return to the Champions League last 16 tonight after a two-year absence from this stage of the competition. The Seire A side is on course for a fourth consecutive year of domestic dominance but will be well aware of their own shortcomings in the past two Champions League runs. Tonight’s tie against Dortmund offers Juve the chance to capitalise on an inconsistent side and put one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition. Juventus haven’t won Europe’s most decorated club competition since the mid 90’s but will feel the returning Arturo Vidal and on-song Carlos Tevez can provide enough for them to see off tonight’s German opponents. BF

The Luis Suarez welcome party
Tonight is the first time Luis Suarez will play in England since he left Liverpool in the summer for Barcelona. Outside of Anfield, the vampiric Uruguayan was adored for his footballing talents but little else, and his departure after the World Cup bite incident seemed like an opportunistic move away from the baying English press and support. While it was the red half of Manchester that reserved the strongest dislike for Suarez due to the Patrice Evra controversy, it’s unlikely that the City faithful will get him an easy ride this evening either. The prolific form of his Liverpool days hasn’t quite been replicated at the Nou Camp so far, and he only scored once against City while with them, but having fared so well on these shores in hostile atmospheres towards him Suarez could well flourish tonight against Vincent Kompany and co. JW

A long awaited opportunity for revenge in Turin
Beyond the implications of European progress for the clubs involved, tonight’s match has great historical significance to the supporters of each club, not least the hosts. Remarkably, these sides haven’t met since the 1997 Champions League final, when Dortmund defeated Juventus for what remains the German club’s only title in the competition. The 3-1 victory denied Juve a historic consecutive Champions League win – no club has managed it to this day – and the Italians haven’t lifted the trophy since. Other than Dortmund’s goalkeeping coach Wolfgang de Beer, who was on the bench in the Munich final, there are no connections from 1997 among the playing or coaching staff but it’s safe to say plenty of fans attending this evening who will have been there on that night. The inside of the ground will be raucous as they hope the famous black and white stripes can ensure that it’s they who will break hearts this time around. JW

Words by Ben Fawcett and Joe Walker