GOTZE RULED OUT BENFICA CLASH

Borussia Dortmund will be without Mario Gotze for their Champions League last-16 tie against Benfica.

“He most recently had adductor problems,” head coach Thomas Tuchel said of Gotze at his pre-match media conference.

“He had one training session but unfortunately it is not enough for him to help us in this game.

“It will be a big task for us against a very proud club. I am really looking forward to it. Benfica can be very fluent in attack while staying compact in defence.

“I do not think there is a favourite and we cannot make comparisons to the group matches against Sporting. I trust us to put in a good performance – we have often done so in the Champions League.”

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