With European competition back this week and a mouth-watering Champions League tie awaiting, we have collected together some top facts and figures to get you ready for the first leg…
Dortmund vs Chelsea: Head-to-head record
This is our first competitive match against Borussia Dortmund and the ninth team from Germany we have played in various European competitions.
Chelsea did play against Borussia Dortmund as part of an eight-match summer tour of USA and Canada in May 1954 (pictured top), which also included three games against Rangers and another against German side Fortuna Dusseldorf. Dortmund won the game against the Blues 6-1 at Randall’s Island, New York in front of a 7,500 crowd.
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Borussia Dortmund will be the 200th different club Chelsea have played in competitive football in our 118-year history.
Head-to-Head against German teams
Last five games in Germany
19 May 2012 – Bayern Munich – D 1-1 (won 4-3 on pens)
22 Oct 2013 – Schalke – W 3-0
25 Nov 2014 – Schalke – W 5-0
2 May 2019 – Eintracht Frankfurt – D 1-1
8 Aug 2020 – Bayern Munich – L 1-4
Since the start of 2020/21, Chelsea have won 10 of our 14 away Champions League matches. Our only defeats on the road in that time were in Turin against Juventus in 2021 and Dinamo Zagreb last September.
Graham Potter’s side have won their last four matches in the Champions League. The last time we won five games in a row in the competition was between September and November 2010 when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge.
Chelsea’s Champions League record in the round of 16 is 10 wins and six defeats. Last season at this stage we beat Lille 4-1 on aggregate.
Graham Potter is looking to become the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first six Champions League matches since Roberto Di Matteo in April 2012 (eight).
If the Blues win, Potter will become the first English manager to win five consecutive matches in the competition and the second to win away from home against German opposition in the Champions League after Sir Bobby Robson, who managed it twice.
Champions League scorers
Aubameyang 2, R Sterling 2, W Fofana 1, Havertz 1, James 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Kovacic 1, Zakaria 1
Our draw at West Ham at the weekend extended our unbeaten run to four games since our defeat at Fulham on 12 January.
Last five results
Fulham (a) – L 1-2
Crystal Palace (h) – W 1-0
Liverpool (a) – D 0-0
Fulham (h) – D 0-0
West Ham (a) – D 1-1
Dortmund have won all six of their league and cup games by an aggregate of 17-6 since the Bundesliga re-started on the 21 January following the break for the World Cup.
Last five results
Mainz (a) – W 2-1
Bayer Leverkusen (a) – W 2-0
Freiburg (h) – W 5-1
Bochum (Cup a) – W 2-1
Werder Bremen (a) – W 2-0
They have lost nine and won three of their last 16 knockout matches in UEFA competition.
Sebastien Haller has scored 11 goals in eight Champions League appearances, the most of any player in their first eight appearances in the competition. Additionally, he has scored a goal every 61 minutes on average, the best ratio in the competition’s history (among players with a minimum 250 minutes played).
Champions League scorers
Bellingham 4, Guerreiro 2, Adeyemi 1, Brandt 1, T Hazard 1, Reus 1
Chelsea’s last games against a German club came in the 2019/20 Champions League round of 16, when we lost home and away against eventual winners Bayern Munich.
That was our first aggregate defeat in a two-legged knockout match against a German club, having progressed in the previous four against Eintracht Frankfurt (in 2019), Bayern Munich (2005), Stuttgart (2004) and TSV Munich 1860 (1966).
Mykhailo Mudryk was directly involved in five goals in six appearances in the Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk this season (three goals and two assists).
Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League
20/10/1999 – Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea – first group stage
25/11/2014 – Schalke 0-5 Chelsea – group stage
Borussia Dortmund are in the last 16 for the eighth time in 11 seasons.
This is Dortmund’s 17th participation in the Champions League proper, and a club-record seventh season in succession. European champions in 1997, they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the 2013 final.
Die Schwarzgelben have lost seven of their 14 matches at this stage of the Champions League. Their home record in the round of 16 is three wins, one draw and three defeats.
They have won three and lost four (including the last three) of their two-legged knockout ties against English clubs.
Seven of Dortmund’s squad have previously played in England:
Emre Can (Liverpool), Sebastien Haller (West Ham), Anthony Modeste (Blackburn), Felix Passlack (Norwich), Jude Bellingham (Birmingham), Donyell Malen (Arsenal), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Reading and Man City).
This season’s Champions League stats (six games)
Most minutes (max 540): Sule 495, Bellingham 450, Ozcan 392, Can 384, Brandt 382
Most assists: Moukoko 2, Reyna 2
Clean sheets: Kobel 1, Meyer 1
Most fouls committed: Can 7, Adeyemi 6, Meinier 6
Yellow cards: Ozcan 3, Can 1, Hummels 1, Malen 1, Meunier 1, Modeste 1
Red cards: None
Round of 16 Champions League fixtures
Tuesday 14 February Champions League fixtures
- AC Milan v Tottenham 8pm
- Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich 8pm
Wednesday 15 February Champions League fixtures
- Club Bruges v Benfica 8pm
- Dortmund v Chelsea 8pm
Tuesday 21 February Champions League fixtures
- Eintracht Frankfurt v Napoli 8pm
- Liverpool v Real Madrid 8pm
Wednesday 22 February
- Inter Milan v Porto 8pm
- RB Leipzig v Man City 8pm