Dortmund vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City competes with Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund's dominance has been one of the biggest stories of the Champions League so far. The German champions have earned at least a point in every match as they head into the Group D finale against disappointing Manchester City.

In contrast, the Citizens haven't won a single match in group play. Given the incredibly high expectations prior to the tournament, their performance has often been shockingly poor. Now they have to decide how badly they want a Europa League spot.

Dortmund has already qualified for the knockout stages, meaning manager Jurgen Klopp may decide to work in some reserve players. It would allow them to get some valuable UCL experience while also resting his stars, if the boss so chooses.

Here's a look at all the viewing information for Tuesday's match followed by a preview and prediction for the final group match.


Where: Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany

When: Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2:45 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox Soccer Channel

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go


Dortmund Player to Watch: Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski has been in form all season. Not only has the Poland national team star been terrific in league play, but he's spearheaded the Dortmund attack in Champions League play. He's scored four times in five matches, and could have had a few more.

His ability to create space in the attacking third is what has really allowed his career to take off over the past two seasons. It's no surprise clubs like Manchester United are constantly linked to him when you see him produce against elite competition like he has in Group D.

Assuming he gets the starting nod, he'll be the focus of the City defense once again. The Citizens actually did a nice job slowing him down in the first meeting, but their lack of motivation in the rematch could lead to a big day for Lewandowski.


City Player to Watch: Samir Nasri

No player sums up City's Champions League better than Nasri. The talented midfielder was been unable to make much of an impact during the early group matches, and the rest of the squad followed suit. It's been beyond frustrating to watch for supporters.

The first meeting with Dortmund was a perfect example. Nasri struggled mightily trying to jump-start the attack, and City was lucky to emerge with a draw. It was a sign of things to come as City hasn't played much better since.

Nasri should start because Roberto Mancini needs him to get back on track to keep pace with United in the Premier League. He has no goals and one assist over his past six matches, lacking the creativity he showcased so often last season.


Matchup to Watch: Roman Weidenfeller vs. Joe Hart

The only reason City was able to earn a point in the first match between the sides was Hart. He came to the rescue on several occasions, keeping his team within striking distance until Mario Balotelli was able to capitalize on a late penalty.

It's impossible to overstate the importance of having a reliable goalkeeper. Sometimes Hart gets overlooked due to the number of other superstars on City. But he helped carry the team to the EPL title last season, and the current UCL run would be even worse without him.

Weidenfeller provides Dortmund with the same type of stability. The veteran keeper has been with the club for a decade, and is playing some of his best football to date. Both players should be prepared for a wide-open match if the lineups in front of them end up being less than full strength.



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