Borussia Dortmund's first home match of their UEFA Champions League campaign will see them host AC Milan on Wednesday evening (21:00 CET). "Milan are a tough opponent, but we know that with the team we have and the support we will receive in the stadium, we will have every chance of winning the game,'' said BVB coach Edin Terzic.
Playing at home to AC Milan, the Black & Yellows will be looking to pick up their first points of this season's Champions League, in which they've also been pitted against Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United in a tough Group F. In the first round of fixtures two weeks ago, BVB lost 2-0 away to PSG, while Milan played out a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle. "We envisaged the game in Paris turning out differently, we wanted to come away with points. Normally you have to get 10 points or more to make it through to the next round. When you break that down, you realise how important home games are,'' stressed Terzic, who from a personnel perspective had no new absentees or returnees to announce.
It will be Niclas Füllkrug's first appearance at home in a Champions League match. The striker isn't feeling any nerves: "I'm always pretty relaxed. When the moment comes it will be special." The new arrival has noticed a "mental strength, a desire to win" within the squad. "We have good lads, who show the right mentality in training and in matches. That's why we've been getting these results,'' said Füllkrug with a nod to recent Bundesliga matches, including Friday evening's 3-1 triumph away to Hoffenheim with ten men.
With six wins and one defeat from the first seven matchdays of the Serie A season, AC Milan currently sit in second place in the table, level on points with their league-leading city rivals Inter Milan but trailing on goal difference. Their most recent game ended in a 2-0 win at home to Lazio. The opening goal was scored by former BVB player Christian Pulisic, who moved to the Italian club in the summer. "Milan have top players. We still know Christian very well here, he's got off to a great start in Milan. The combination of Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez down the left flank is extremely dangerous,'' analysed Terzic, adding: "Like us they are capable of coming out on top in close games. It's going to be an interesting assignment for us. But we know that if we play with tempo and find our combinations, then it won't be easy to defend against us. It will be an intense and close game and we're looking forward to it.''