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Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Champions League – live!

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According to their sporting director Michael Zorc, Borussia Dortmund have eschewed former coach Jurgen Klopp’s “heavy metal football” in favour of a “modern jazz approach” built around bandleader Lucien Favre’s inventive new 4-2-3-1 arrangement. Nice! On the wings, Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen. Playing full back, Achraf Hakimi. Axel Witsel and Mario Gotze in midfield. Theydon Bois on guitar. Clam on bass.

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The North Rhine-Westphalia Big Band are certainly locked into a groove this season. They’re leading the Bundesliga, top scorers with 54 goals, currently on course for their first title since 2012. They only conceded two goals en route to winning Group A, keeping five clean sheets in six games. There’s a good vibe about the place. Really nice.

But they have lost a little rhythm of late. A couple of weekends ago, a 3-3 draw at home to Werder Bremen in the cup led to defeat on penalties. Then last weekend they let a three-goal lead slip in the last 15 minutes at home to Hoffenheim in the league, allowing Bayern Munich to close the gap at the top to five points. They’re not exactly nodding out on stage, but it’s a worry nonetheless.

Tottenham’s season meanwhile has been driven along by some extremely experimental polyrhythms. They were forced to stage a great escape to get out of the groups after a dismal start; they were recently knocked out of both domestic cups in a grisly four-day stretch; and they’re in the thick of the race for the Premier League, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli soon to return rested and fresh. Great!

So this is a close one to call. Form’s no guide. Neither is the recent head-to-head, with Dortmund knocking Spurs out of the Europa League 5-1 on aggregate in 2016, and Spurs winning home and away in the Champions League groups last season. This tie is perfectly pitched. It’s on!

The session begins at: 8pm GMT.

Updated at 1.55pm EST

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