Dortmund (dpa) - BVB has the chance to quickly reduce frustration.

Just four days after the much-discussed 1: 2 against 1. FC Köln, the early entry into the last sixteen of the Champions League could be made perfect in the duel with Lazio Rome on Wednesday (9 p.m. / Sky).

INITIAL SITUATION: Since the false start in the group phase six weeks ago in Rome (1: 3), BVB have won all three games against St. Petersburg (2: 0) and Bruges (3: 0/3: 0) without conceding a goal.

The Revierclub leads the table with one point ahead of Lazio.

Because the third from Bruges is already five points behind BVB and has also lost the direct comparison, a draw against Rome would pave the way to the second round.

If Bruges missed a win against St. Petersburg, BVB would even continue with a defeat.

In the event of a victory over the previously unbeaten Romans, an early group victory would be perfect.

"We're leaders and want it to stay that way," said Favre.

STAFF: In addition to long-term injuries Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou and Reinier, who has corona, coach Lucien Favre has to do without Emre Can and Thomas Meunier.

National player Can is missing due to an ankle injury, full-back Meunier complains of calf problems.

On the other hand, Raphael Guerreiro can hope for a comeback.

After recovering from a muscle injury, the Portuguese took part in the final training session for the game on Tuesday evening.


ADVANTAGE: An early group victory would not only give Borussia advantages in the round of 16 draw on December 14th in Nyon.

With a win over Rome, the last group game less than a week later in St. Petersburg would be at least sportingly meaningless.

In this case, coach Favre could afford to spare a large number of regular employees for the deadline hunt that lasted until Christmas.

Favre wanted nothing to do with these mind games.

«We know the table.

But we can't put ourselves under pressure beforehand, we have to concentrate on this game.

Then we'll see. "

RETURN Ciro Immobile wore the black and yellow jersey in the 2014/15 season, but was not happy at the Revierclub.

After years of hiking, the 30-year-old has now found happiness at Lazio.

In good time before the second game against BVB, the consequences of a corona infection are over.

He's hoping for a similarly good performance as six weeks ago, when he made a significant contribution to the 3-1 with a hit and an assist.

"He did a great job there," said Thomas Delaney.

The Danish international is hoping for a learning curve at BVB: “That was a game in which there was no defense on the whole pitch.

We were always a step too late.

This time it will be a different game. "



Lucien Favre (BVB coach): “A game like the one against Cologne shouldn't happen.

But it happened and we can't change it anymore.

We have to look ahead.

Our focus is the game against Lazio. "

Simone Inzaghi (Lazio coach): “We're still missing something to make it into the top 16 in Europe.

But we know our worth, we were able to prove our qualities in the first leg.

There's no math in football, but we're unbeaten.

So far we have achieved important results against opponents at the highest level. "

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