Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to end Malaga’s dream Champions League debut season in the second leg of their quarter-final on Tuesday.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg at La Rosaleda with Dortmund’s Mario Goetze missing three chances in a game the Germans dominated from the outset.
Despite passing up the opportunity to go ahead in the tie, Juergen Klopp’s side will go into the match at the Westfalenstadion full of confidence after a comeback 4-2 win over Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Although the win was not enough to prevent Bayern Munich wrapping up the league title, the German side will be pleased with the fact they came out of the match injury-free, along with the form of striker Julian Schieber.
The 24-year-old stepped into the starting line-up in place of a rested Robert Lewandowski and scored two goals to get his side over the line and may well give Klopp a selection headache ahead of the second leg.
Malaga were less impressive in their La Liga match on Saturday as they went down 4-2 to Real Sociedad in what could be a pivotal result in their quest for Champions League football next season.
Manuel Pellegrini chose to rest a host of key players and was made to pay with Malaga completely outplayed for most of the encounter.
A win on Tuesday would vindicate Pellegrini’s decision and would see him repeat the efforts of his 2005-06 Villarreal side who won through to the semi-finals of the competition in their debut season.
Despite the fact Malaga have lost only once in this year’s competition – a 1-0 defeat to FC Porto in the round of 16 – it is hard to see the Spanish side getting past Dortmund, whose rampant form in the Champions League shows no signs of abating.
An away goal for Malaga would make things extremely interesting and with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Isco and Eliseu in attack they have the players to do it.
But after they were dominated at home by their opponents in the first leg it will be difficult for Pellegrini’s men to stop the likes of Lewandowski, Goetze and Marco Reus in front of Dortmund’s raucous home supporters.