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Dortmund's players warm up during a training session

Dortmund's players warm up during a training session

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Dortmund's players warm up during a training session

BORUSSIA DORTMUND are confident that their watertight defence will keep Juventus at bay as they bid to overturn a 2-1 Champions League last-16 first-leg deficit at the Westfalenstadion tonight.

The improving German side, who have recovered after a dismal first half to the domestic season that saw them anchored in last place as recently as last month in the Bundesliga, have kept clean sheets in their last three league games.

Kevin Grosskreutz and Lukasz Piszczek are expected to miss out for Dortmund through injury, while Nuri Sahin is a doubt.

Juve, who are without the injured Andrea Pirlo, are likely to stick with their 4-3-1-2 shape, with fit-again Andrea Barzagli starting on the bench. Dortmund have never kept a clean a clean sheet in any of their eight games against Juve, while the Germans haven't won any of their last three home games in the Champions League after winning their first four.

"We face the greatest challenge there is in football, to score against an Italian team which will advance with a 0-0 draw," said Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp

On the other hand, Dortmund have failed to score only once in their last 19 Champions League outings at the Westfalenstadion while Juventus have lost five of their last seven away games in the competition.

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Irish Independent