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Malaga vs. Borussia Dortmund

Mar 15, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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At first glance and without any in-depth research it’s tempting to give Dortmund a free pass to the semi-finals however I’m sure Jurgen Klopp will have many a sleepless night waiting for this tie to come around.

Malaga have shown tremendous character not only in the Champions League but in their domestic form. This is a club that has been struggling under the weight of financial uncertainty and yet still fins the will to produce performances of verve and power.

The Spanish playmaker Isco is a wonderful talent who is not afraid to shoot from anywhere while Joaquin and Javier Saviola have been reborn under the careful management of Manuel Pellergrini who in my opinion is one of the world’s best man managers and tacticians. They’ll have to make the home leg count.

Winners in 1997, Dortmund have saved their best for the Champions League especially now that their Bundesliga crown has gone. In Robert Lewandoski they have one of Europe’s top strikers and with rumors persisting that the POle could be on his way this summer, he’ll want to leave the Westfallen on a high. Mario Gotze is also high on the wanted list of Europe’s elite and his guile, imagination and silky skills can open up any back line.

Klopp will be aware that maintaining the team shape throughout both legs will be the key to success.

Who wins this one…?

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