Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund Preview: Tuchel's side looking for perfect start against Polish champions

After a year away from the Europe's elite, Dortmund are looking to get off to a perfect start in Group F against Polish Champions Legia.

Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund Preview: Tuchel's side looking for perfect start against Polish champions
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Borussia Dortmund begin their UEFA Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening in Group F away to Polish champions Legia Warsaw, who are appearing in the competition for the first time since the 1995/96 season. 

Both teams looking to showcase talent in Europe's top competition

After a year away from Europe's elite competition, it is so important that Thomas Tuchel's side get off to a good start in a group that also involves Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon

Many would say that this will be a straightforward game for Dortmund but after falling to a shock 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig at the weekend, it certainly will not be as the Polish champions will want to make an impression in the group and there is no better way to do that than against Dortmund.

In the summer, Dortmund lost some key players in the form of Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mats Hummels and replaced them with some younger players. It is normal that the team having fully settled to their best form at the start of the season but they still have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front who will be eager to showcase his talent in the Champions League.

The Polish champions qualified for the groups stages after coming through a two-legged playoff match against Irish side Dundalk in which they won 3-1 on aggregate. They only managed to draw 1-1 at home though which just shows the stature of the match they are going to face this time around.

The Legia players celebrate reaching the Champions League group stages after defeating Dundalk | Photo: Getty
The Legia players celebrate reaching the Champions League group stages after defeating Dundalk | Photo: Getty

Legia though haven't been in the best of form either so far this season. They began the campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Lech Poznan in the Polish Super Cup, and since then they have won five, drawn six and lost four of their 15 competition games. This means that the defending champions sit 11th position in the league table.

Head to head 

The two sides have only met one time before, in a friendly back in 2012, which Dortmund won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Robert Lewandowski, who has since moved to Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski scoring the winner the last time the two sides met in 2012 | Photo: Getty
Lewandowski scoring the winner the last time the two sides met in 2012 | Photo: Getty

Team News

In terms of injuries heading into the game, Besnik Hasi will be delighted that his team are  free from injury coming into this game, but left back Adam Hlousek will miss out through suspension.

On the other hand, Tuchel has quite a few injury concerns to deal with as centre backs Neven Subotic and Sven Bender are injured as well as right back Erik Durm.

Tuchel will also be without attackers Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus for the game as they recover from injury setbacks.

Predicted line-ups

Legia Warsaw: (4-2-3-1) Malarz; Berezynski, Prijovic, Pazdan, Guilherme; Hamalainen, Kopczynski; Aleksandrov, Moulin, Kucharczyki; Nikolic.

Borussia Dortmund: (4-2-3-1) Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer; Weigl, Rode; Schurrle, Gotze, Dembele; Aubameyang.