Dortmund hoping history repeats itself as they take on Malaga for place in Champions League semi-finals
12:55 GMT, 3 April 2013
13:02 GMT, 3 April 2013
Borussia Dortmund will still remain dark horses to win the Champions League, but the omens might just be in their favour if they can progress beyond Malaga in the quarter-final showdown.
Dortmund have given up the ghost retaining the Bundesliga title with runaway leaders Bayern Munich destined for the trophy.
But in Europe, it is a different matter all together.
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Masked man: Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will be forced to wear a mask in Malaga
There is little doubt Dortmund, who have already knocked out Manchester City, are an emerging team under highly-rated manager Juergen Klopp.
Now Malaga, another of the season's surprise packages, stand in their way of a semi-final place.
Dortmund's only ever win in Spain came in the same season when they won Europe's biggest club competition in 1997.
A coincidence or destiny Only time will tell.
No panic: Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Brazilian defender Felipe Santana are in relaxed mood ahead of the last-four tie
But Klopp claims Dortmund's 2-1 bruising win over Stuttgart on the weekend, which took its toll on his players, was ideal preparation for the first-leg challenge that lies ahead.
'We got manhandled', he said.
'At times I was worried about the health of my players.
'But it was a good preparation for the Champions League game in Malaga, because they fly into challenges with just as much intensity.'
Despite their underdog tag, Malaga, the Qatari-backed side who were in Spain's Second Division just five years ago, will not just roll over.
Top job: Manuel Pellegrini has defied the odds to lead Malaga into the quarter-finals
The money might have dried up at this cash-strapped club but they have still punched above their weight this season.
As well as reaching the last eight of the Champions League, they are also in the hunt for a top-four finish in La Liga although UEFA have banned them from playing European football next season due to outstanding debts.
'Nobody gave us a chance at the start and yet the players have responded so well,” said coach Manuel Pellegrini.
'We eliminated Porto and that represented a huge achievement for the side. We don't want our run to end here.'
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Dortmund will be favourites to progress but they have been hit with injuries.
Marcel Schmelzer will need a face-mask but is likely to play, despite breaking his nose against Stuttgart.
Jakub Blaszczykowski has travelled but is struggling to overcome a groin injury.
Midfielders Sven Bender and Kevin Grosskreutz (ankle) are doubts and Mats Hummels is certain to miss out.
Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 13 goals in as many games, will lead the line and will be supported by Mario Goetze and Marco Reus.
In contrast, Malaga have few injury worries.
Portuguese winger Eliseu has been ruled out with a knee ligament injury but defender Diego Lugano is likely to return.
Ignacio Camacho and Duda are also back in contention after serving suspensions and star striker Isco will start.