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24 Feb 2014 01:32:14

Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund factfile

Factfile on Zenit St Petersburg and Borussia Dortmund ahead of the Champions League last 16, first leg tie between the clubs on Tuesday:

Form: Last season's beaten finalists Dortmund will look to continue their good recent form when they travel to Russia to face Zenit. Jurgen Klopp's side were excellent in winning Group F ahead of Arsenal and yet have not been able to challenge runaway leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season. Their inconsistent domestic form was highlighted on Saturday as they slipped to their first defeat of 2014, 3-0 to a previously totally out of form Hamburg side. Fortunately for them Zenit may be a little rusty having not played a competitive game since the Russian Premier League signed off in December for its winter break. Luciano Spalletti's side has been strenghtened since then with the big-money signing of Venezuela striker Jose Salomon Rondon from Rubin Kazan.

Coaches:

Zenit - Luciano Spalletti (ITA) -- age -- 55

Dortmund - Jurgen Klopp (GER) -- age -- 46

Leading scorers in all competitions

Zenit - Hulk (11 goals)

Dortmund - Robert Lewandowski (19 goals)

Domestic league performance:

Zenit - Top of the Russian Premier League after 19 games, but level on points with Lokomotiv Moscow in second

Dortmund - Third in the Bundesliga, one point behind Bayer Leverkusen and 20 points behind leaders Bayern Munich

Group stage performances:

Zenit - second in Group G behind Atletico Madrid

Dortmund - winners of Group F ahead of Arsenal

European Cup/Champions League best performances:

Zenit - second round 1985/86, round of 16 2011/12

Dortmund - winners 1997

Other honours:

Zenit - 3 x Russian champions, 2 x Russian Cup winners, 1 x Soviet champions, 1 x Soviet Cup winners, 1 x UEFA Cup winners, 1 x European Super Cup winners

Dortmund - 8 x German champions, 3 x German Cup winners, 1 Cup Winners' Cup winners, 2 x UEFA Cup winners, 1 x European Super Cup winners

Previous meetings: None


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