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HOT SHOTS: The three other Dortmund stars that Spurs need to watch out for

| 12.02.2019

Tottenham Hotspur play host to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League last-sixteen tie.

While the home side are 21/20 to win the game, they will be without star men Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Dortmund have their injury worries too with long-serving skipper and fans favourite Marco Reus set to be on the sidelines.

BVB may have found their next lynchpin in Jadon Sancho – but he can’t do it all himself (not yet anyway!)

So we take a look at three other names Spurs will have to keep quiet at Wembley…

Raphael Guerreiro

Lucien Favre has been experimenting with his attack all season. A fit and firing Reus has been deployed in the number 10 position alongside Sancho on the right.

But no-one the manager has thrown on the left has stuck – until Raphael Guerreiro showed up.

A full-back by trade, Guerreiro’s hustle and bustle is proving the perfect foil to Sancho’s brilliance.

He’s started the last five Bundesliga games, bagging two goals and also scored a brace against Monaco in the Champions League group-stage.

The 25-year-old is 9/2 to notch anytime and may show why he’s more than just a wingman.

Axel Witsel

His national team boss Roberto Martinez called him the ‘best transfer anywhere in the world’ whilst BVB’s sporting director Michael Zorc say he ‘brings all the qualities required’ to Dortmund’s midfield.

Witsel has spent time in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg and then a spell in the Chinese Super League.

But his move to the Black and Yellows last summer, felt significant. Witsel is now the leader the team needs.

Dortmund sit five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and are 5/6 joint favourites for the title.

These types of occasions are what they bought the hulking Belgian for, and could prove too much for Spurs’ midfield.

Achraf Hakimi

The young Moroccan broke into Real Madrid’s first team with fleeting performances last season.

But he was allowed to continue his development on a two-year loan at Die Borussen.

Hakimi has quickly made his presence felt at the Westfalenstadion. He began on the right hand side, but is now firmly placed at right back and is making light work of his ‘development’ year.

The attacking defender should be seen marauding down the right wing, linking up with main man Sancho.

But after grabbing a trio of assists in the 4-0 demolition of Atletico Madrid in October, Hakimi has also netted his first goal last month.

However Mauricio Pochettino decides to set up his team, Hakimi will be one man he must keep on a short leash.

The German league leaders are 23/10 to win the game, with the draw at 12/5.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.