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Champions League: Dortmund to draw on Yellow Wall in bid to overturn Atletico lead

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Borussia Dortmund must draw on the support of the Westfalenstadion crowd to have any chance of fighting back to beat Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final tie, says Edin Terzic.

BVB face an uphill task to reach the Champions League semi-finals after losing last week’s first leg at the Civitas Metropolitano, a slow start costing them in a 2-1 defeat.

First-half goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Samuel Lino put Diego Simeone’s men in control of the tie, though Sebastien Haller’s late riposte has given Dortmund a glimmer of hope.

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BVB have enjoyed their fair share of memorable European nights at their iconic 81,000-capacity home, and Terzic hopes his players can feed off an electric atmosphere during Tuesday’s second leg.

“The fans know they give us a huge opportunity to go beyond our performance limits,” Terzic said at Monday’s pre-match press conference.

“The Yellow Wall is one of the most beautiful places in the football world. We need heroes in black and yellow.”

Dortmund will, however, be without Haller after the former West Ham and Ajax striker sustained an injury in the early stages of Saturday’s 2-1 Bundesliga win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Terzic refused to be drawn on which of Niclas Fullkrug or Youssoufa Moukoko will lead the line as he offered an update on Haller’s condition.

“He’s injured his ankle again, the tissue is damaged,” Terzic said. “He will now have a week of complete rest, and there will be a final diagnosis on Saturday.

“We are assuming that he will definitely not be available to us in the next two to three weeks.

“I don’t want to comment on the lineup generally, we still have two training sessions left. We have shown in the past that we can play good games with Moukoko, with Fullkrug, or with both of them.”

Manchester United loanee Jadon Sancho will be available, however, after sitting out the Monchengladbach game due to illness.

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.

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