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The key talking points ahead of Man City's clash with Borussia Dortmund

:Headline: The key talking points ahead of Man City's clash with Borussia Dortmund:
Phil Foden's last-minute goal in Manchester last week gave City a narrow 2-1 win in the first leg.
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Manchester City head to Germany on Wednesday night to face Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Phil Foden's last-minute goal in Manchester last week gave City a narrow 2-1 win after Marco Reus had cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne's first-half strike.

Here the PA news agency looks at five key talking points ahead of the match.

Quarter-final hurdle

City have suffered three consecutive quarter-final exits under Pep Guardiola (Martin Rickett/PA)

City are yet to make it beyond the quarter-final stage of the competition since Pep Guardiola – now 10 years removed from the second of his two European Cup crowns as a manager – took charge in 2016, losing at this stage of the competition in each of the last three seasons. Their stellar play in the second half of the Premier League has made City favourites to lift the trophy this year but that was true too when they were beaten by Lyon at this stage last term. It presents a mental hurdle for the players to get over.

Defensive solidity the key

Ruben Dias and John Stones have been at the heart of so much of City's success this season (Shaun Botterill/PA)

In the seven games that have seen City knocked out of this competition, Guardiola's side conceded a whopping 19 goals as they paid a heavy price for mistakes at the back. But problems in defence have been few and far between this season thanks to the enormous impact of Ruben Dias and the resurgence of John Stones. Reus' 84th-minute strike was a major blow as Dortmund got a precious away goal last week, but given City's relentless threat in attack, solving the problems at the back has given them the belief that this can be their year.

Reaction needed

Stuart Dallas helped Leeds inflict a rare defeat on City on Saturday (Michael Regan/PA)

City come into the game on the back of a defeat after a much-changed side was sunk by a Stuart Dallas brace at the weekend, losing 2-1 to Leeds as the Northern Ireland international got the winner in stoppage time. While it is easy to point to the changes Guardiola made there was no shortage of experience in the side City put out, and Guardiola will demand a much-improved performance in Dortmund.

Haaland due a goal?

Erling Haaland will once again be the centre of attention (Nick Potts/PA)

Erling Haaland continues to hog the limelight as speculation persists that the Dortmund striker will be swapping the two clubs come the summer. The Norway international does not have a goal for club or country in his last six outings, more than a drought given his own incredible standards, but has scored against every club he's faced in the Champions League. City are only halfway to avoid adding themselves to that statistic.

Problems for Dortmund

Ex-City winger Jadon Sancho will miss out through injury (Nick Potts/PA)

While Haaland may or may not be a future City player, Dortmund's ex-City winger will be missing as England international Jadon Sancho is not yet ready to return from a muscular problem despite returning to training. The 21-year-old is one of a number of injury concerns for Dortmund as first-leg goalscorer Reus and experienced defender Mats Hummels both limped out of the weekend victory over Stuttgart.

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CManchester CityMan City35255572264680
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd352010568383070
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
4Chelsea351810755322364
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham351771155451058
6Liverpool34169957391857
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs351681161412056
8Everton34167114642455
9Arsenal351571349381152
10Leeds UnitedLeeds35155155353050
11Aston Villa34146144941848
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35129143547-1245
13Crystal Palace35118163759-2241
14Southampton35117174462-1840
15Burnley35109163347-1439
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35109164058-1839
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton35813143641-537
RFulham35512182547-2227
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35511193268-3626
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417
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