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The Daily Bee (April 5th, 2021): Pep Guardiola Praises Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, and... Mahmoud Dahoud?

Say what now? Manchester City’s manager appears to be a Dahoud stan, and I’m all for it.

Sevilla FC v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Good morning, Fear the Wall! Happy Monday.

Hope everybody enjoyed the Final Four! Saturday night’s game between UCLA and Gonzaga was one of the craziest I’ve ever seen. I almost wish that Suggs didn’t hit that buzzer beater so that we could have had another overtime!

Pep Guardiola Praises Mahmoud Dahoud, of all People

With Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of making it into the top four in the Bundesliga in tatters, pretty much the remaining route into the Champions League next season, is to win the entire competition this season.

Um actually, Sean, according to 538, BVB have a 16% chance of making the top four but only a 3% chance of winning the Champions League so the best route is still technically through the Bundes-

Hey, go away, this isn’t the time for nuance. The bottom line is that BVB’s upcoming match against Manchester City in the Champions League is very important. Unfortunately, Manchester City are one of the strongest teams in Europe right now. Pep Guardiola has the blues firing on all cylinders. Fresh off a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, Pep Guardiola has turned his attention to Borussia Dortmund. According to the Daily Mail, he was filled with praise for many of Dortmund’s best players, including the biggest BVB star of all... Mahmoud Dahoud.

‘I was in Germany three years and always they were a big opponent. I know the quality - not just Haaland but Sancho and Marco Reus and (Mahmoud) Dahoud and (Mats) Hummels.

To see Mahmoud Dahoud’s name thrown in with world class players like Sancho and Haaland is pretty surprising, and pretty funny. Of course, Pep Guardiola coached Bayern Munich for three years so he’s very familiar with BVB and Mahmoud Dahoud, who would have played for Borussia Mönchengladbach at the time. Dahoud has had a hard time even breaking into the starting XI, so it’s a little strange to see him bunched in with Haaland and Sancho. Maybe Guardiola is a fan of Dahoud’s long shots?

Jadon Sancho to Miss First Manchester City Leg

Having to face Manchester City will be hard enough as it is. Now BVB may have to do it without one of their star players. Jadon Sancho suffered an injury prior to Der Klassiker back in early March, and his injury has lasted through the international break and will now cause him to miss the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.

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