When Dortmund travel to the San Siro tomorrow for a shot at advancing in this year’s Champions League, everything is in BVB’s own hands. Three points against AC Milan will be enough to secure a ticket to the knockout rounds, and that means there’s everything to play for. This game will also be the first in a series of matches I’ve quite fittingly named The Run of Death. This series features games against very strong teams in the league, the cup and the Champions League. If there was ever a time for Terzic to prove himself, it is now.
Niklas Süle is unfortunately ill for the match, but Dortmund should still have more than enough firepower to give Milan a run for their money. The question is whether Terzic will massively rotate, and it can be kinda hard to predict. BVB are playing Leverkusen on Sunday, and there are definitely arguments to be made that playing Xabi Alonso’s men is just as important at this point in time.
I think JBG definitely earned himself a starting spot against Mönchengladbach. Other than that, I don’t predict much rotation from Terzic. I think it’s pretty well established by now that our dear head coach isn’t big on rotations, and with a tricky matchup like this one, he will need all hands on deck in order to claim at least a draw.
Player to Watch: Christian Pulisic
With Rafael Leao out for tomorrow’s clash, AC Milan will be counting on none other than Christian Pulisic to drive their offense. Captain America has slowly but surely found his footing in Milano, and so far he has provided four goals and two assists in 11 Serie A outings. The former Dortmund players is mostly known for his pace and quick feet, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Julian Ryerson is able to deal with him (I would like to think he can).
Leao missing for Milan is a very big deal in this match. The Portuguese winger has been the driving force behind Milan’s offense for years now, and he is without a doubt their best player when fit. I don’t think Milan has been particularly convincing this year, but they are still a good team with a home advantage. I predict a 1-1 draw which should still keep BVB in a good position to advance.