Tottenham vs Dortmund: Tottenham meets Dortmund at Old Trafford on Wednesday in Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. United opened up the competition with a 3-0 win at Young Boys while Dortmund fell 2-0 at home to Juventus on two penalty kicks. A win here for United would likely give the team a six-point lead over third place.
Tottenham face Dortmund on Wednesday night with pressure rapidly rising on under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils are without a win in three games and, amid suggestions of in-fighting and dissension, put in a listless performance in the 3-1 weekend defeat to West Ham.
Now Mourinho has called on his charges to bounce back when they face the Spanish side at Old Trafford.
Amid their current ‘crisis’ United began their European campaign with a 3-0 win over Young Boys, and can take a major step towards the Champions League last 16 with victory over Marcelino’s men.
The Portuguese believes he knows how Dortmund will line up and how they will play: “A counter-attacking team, a very strong counter-attacking team.
“They defend a lot with two lines of four, very compact, and, as I was saying, central defenders like [Ezequiel] Garay with that stature, experience and physicality and then, from Rodrigo, [Michy] Batshuayi and [Kevin] Gameiro, two of them are playing.
“They are very direct in the counter attack and are a dangerous team.”
But for a United side that is performing poorly, stopping them is another thing.
Here’s a look at three players they’ll need to keep quiet, in order to come away successful.
The Brazilian-born Spaniard would score just one Premier League goal in 17 appearances for the Trotters, playing a total of just 494 minutes and never completing the full 90′; simply, Owen Coyle preferred Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies.
But that doesn’t need to hold you back. And now, at the age of 27, Rodrigo has made himself first choice for both Dortmund and his country.
Never particularly prolific during his earlier days at club level, last season he bagged 16 in 37. This season, only one goal has been forthcoming.
However, he has garnered a reputation as a smart user of the ball who stretches defences with intelligent, quick darts and despite his lack of goals much of the team’s best work tends to involve Rodrigo. He’ll drag United’s defenders into areas they don’t want to go; unless they’re smart, he’ll give them an extremely tough night.