Edin Terzic’s job could be on the line as Borussia Dortmund take on Sevilla in the Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday. The Black and Yellows have started 2021 on a disastrous note, dropping multiple points in the Bundesliga that has seen them bow out of the title race. The German giants will be determined to avoid a similar scenario in the Champions League this midweek.
Predicted Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Sevilla
Terzic does not have too many options at his disposal, especially in the defensive unit where the likes of Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou are all struggling with injuries.
Yet, we do expect one certain change in the backline, with Mateu Morey replacing Emre Can in the right-back position. Terzic won’t be able to afford any other changes elsewhere which mean Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji should continue to form the central defensive partnership despite an awful display against Hoffenheim on the weekend.
Raphael Guerreiro, in contrast, was one of the top performers. His creative output from the left-back position could once again be crucial when Dortmund take on Sevilla this midweek while Marwin Hitz is likely to continue in goal, in the absence of Roman Burki.
The continued absence of Axel Witsel in midfield will once again pose problems for Terzic especially with the mixed form of Jude Bellingham. The Englishman needs more consistency in his game when he renews his midfield partnership with Thomas Delaney in the double-pivot this midweek.
Emre Can is another option for Dortmund, with Mahmoud Dahoud and Julian Brandt also viable alternatives, should Terzic opt for more creativity in the middle of the park.
Marco Reus was rested on the weekend in the form of a substitute appearance, which suggests that the German international is a guaranteed starter against Sevilla. His experience at the highest level of football could be key in an otherwise young Dortmund attack that is going to rely on the services of Giovanni Reyna, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.
Thorgan Hazard is rapidly recovering to full fitness, but Wednesday’s game could come a bit too soon for the Belgian international. Terzic, though, could fancy starting Brandt ahead of Reyna, though the former Leverkusen star failed to impress against Hoffenheim on the weekend.