Club Brugge face Borussia Dortmund at Jan Breydel Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
New Dortmund coach Lucien Favre shouldn’t have too much trouble improving on their showing in last season’s Champions League, when they failed to win a single match in a group containing a side from Cyprus. BVB subsequently dropped down into the Europa League, only to be defeated by RB Salzburg in the round of 16. Favre has plenty of European experience, stretching all the way back to the early 2000s when he was managing in his native Switzerland, but he’s still yet to really shine on the European stage. Dortmund’s domestic performances have indicated that Favre’s priority is toughening the team up defensively, even if it means sacrificing their usual attacking brio. And that could well stand them in good stead in Europe.
Club Brugge have a good European pedigree, although you have to go back quite some way to find it – they reached the final of both the UEFA and European Cups in the 1970s, only to lose to Liverpool on each occasion. This will be Brugge’s sixth time in the Champions League group stages – knocking out Dortmund during the qualifying rounds to reach them in 2003 – but they’ve never gone any further and failed to earn a single point during their most recent appearance in 2016. Last season’s top scorer, Abdoulay Diaby, left for Sporting Lisbon a few weeks ago, while their highest scorer this campaign – Jelle Vossen – failed to make the grade at Burnley when they were still in the Championship, which gives you an idea of the Belgian club’s meagre operating budget.
The Champions League match between Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund will be broadcast live on Univision Deportes. Live streaming is available on Univision Deportes En Vivo, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the Univision Deportes app.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 18
Start time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Stadium: Jan Breydel Stadium
TV Info: Univision Deportes
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The Jan Breydel Stadium has a 30,000 capacity, modest by Champions League standards, but anyone familiar with Belgium’s top-flight will know it’s sure to contain a noisy crowd tonight. Brugge’s league season began in late July, almost a month before Dortmund’s, which could give the unfancied Belgian side an edge.