Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his side are relishing the challenge as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League round of 32 first leg on Thursday night (Dortmund 2/5, draw 19/5, Rangers 7/1 – Match Betting).
Leading into the showdown at the Westfalenstadion, there have been doubts on the fitness of BVB star Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian sensation has been out on the sidelines since January 22 and after missing the Bundesliga clash with Union Berlin at the weekend, the 21-year-old could miss the clash with the Scottish champions.
Van Bronckhorst is not prepared to take any risks and says his side are ready whether the Leeds-born forward is ready for Thursday’s clash or not.
“Haaland is of course one of the top strikers in the world,” Van Bronckhorst said. “We have prepared for the game with or without him. Everyone recognises his talent, but we have to be prepared for their whole team.
“We are playing against one of the top sides in Europe, you know at this stage in Europe you play against very good opposition. We can’t wait for the challenge and will go out and try to get to the next round.”
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Thursday night also sees Napoli head to the Camp Nou to cause more problems for Barcelona boss Xavi (Barcelona Evs, draw 5/2, Napoli 11/4 – Match Betting).
Barcelona have won just three of their last seven games at the Camp Nou, and in-form Napoli will be full of confidence of getting a result at the iconic Catalonian stadium.
Confidence won’t be an issue for Porto either as they welcome Lazio to the Estadio Do Dragao on Thursday night (Porto 5/6, draw 13/5, Lazio 10/3 – Match Betting).
The Primeira Liga frontrunners are on a 12-match unbeaten run that includes 11 victories.
Lazio have been inconsistent of late and face a big challenge to head back to Italy with an advantage for the second leg.
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