Legia Warsaw have begun their domestic campaign with only one win in five and now have the challenge of welcoming Borussia Dortmund to Polish Army Stadium. The Bundesliga side arrive in Poland with a mixed bag of results domestically, - winning 2-1 against Mainz to open the season, but falling 1-0 over the weekend to a last minute goal from Red Bull Leipzig. Dortmund only managed 8 shots during the match and will look to this match as an opportunity to get some attacking verve going. Pierre-Emerick Aubeyang had two goals in the Mainz match and his speed will be keeping Legia defenders up at night.
Legia Warsaw are back in the Champions League for the first time since 1995-96 when they reached the quarterfinals. Formed as the official club of the Polish Army, they’ll be sporting army green away kits when they visit the Bernabeu. Last season, the eventual Polish champions were led by Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolić, who scored 28 league goals last campaign. While it’s unlikely they’ll get out of the group, Legia’s average attendance is more than double the Polish league average, so expect noisy welcomes for European giants Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel had Dortmund firing last season - nearly any other year, their 78 points would have been enough to win the title. But, as always, there’s Bayern. While their captain, Mats Hummels, has exited alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan (to opposite sides of Manchester), Dortmund have brought in capable replacements in Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle while also keeping hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With master tinkerer Thomas Tuchel now settled as he takes on his second season at Signal Iduna Park, there will be few teams confident in overpowering or outsmarting Dortmund.
Scored 28 goals in 37 league matches in his first season at Legia Warsaw.
The journeyman keeper is a consistent presence in a heavily rotated Warsaw squad.
Dortmund somehow managed to keep hold of the electric forward who scored 39 goals last season.
The Greek defender will be even more crucial to Dortmund's season after captain Mats Hummels departure. His last name, Papastathopoulos, is too long to print, so his jersey simply reads, "Sokratis."