Borussia Dortmund might not be having the greatest of times in the Bundesliga this season, but Jurgen Klopp's men will look to put their domestic disappointments behind them as they look to finish the job against Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League.
Having won the last 16 first leg 4-2, Dortmund will be confident of making it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with the desired result in the second leg at the Westfalenstadion.
"We put ourselves in a good position for the return leg [with our win in St Petersburg] -- nothing more, nothing less," Klopp said. "We will not risk a lot, but just going out to defend our lead would be a bit stupid as well, so we will make it a normal game.
"We have reached our goals in the Champions League by getting out of the group stage. Everything that happens from now on is a bonus for the club and there would not be a gaping hole in our budget should we go out."
Dortmund suffered a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Klopp sent to the stands for dissent, while the result put them a ridiculous 23 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. With the title gone for a long time, the Champions League is one way of ensuring the season does not die out too quickly.
Zenit also sit second in their league table, but fired Luciano Spalletti, with the Russian side appointing former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager.
Villas-Boas, who left Spurs by mutual consent in December last year, signed a two-year contract with Zenit, but will not officially take over as manager until after the Dortmund game.
"Zenit has agreed terms on a contract with new head coach Andre Villas-Boas," the club said a statement on their official website. "Mr Villas-Boas will be presented in St Petersburg as Zenit's new head coach on 20 March."
Sergei Semak, the interim coach, will hope he can hand over the reins to Villas-Boas after a momentous win over Dortmund.
"Of course, we do not have much of a chance," Semak said on Tuesday. "[But] we all love football. Anything is possible in football. Tomorrow we are up against one of the best sides in Europe, even the world. It will be important for us to put in a good performance.
"Dortmund have a very strong side and I don't think I have to explain how they go about their football. They are very strong when it comes to attack. For us, it is a new experience to play here and we will surely learn a lot of new things. It is not easy playing against such a team.
"We have not had a lot of time to change things. The most important task for me was to bring the team together, to instil a team spirit. We have many great players but I wanted to improve their team spirit, their sense of togetherness. We have real professionals. I want to improve their team spirit and for them to present themselves in the best possible light."
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Team news: Borussia Dortmund: Sven Bender, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gundogan remain sidelined, while Marco Reus will not be risked due to a muscular problem. Robert Lewandowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, though, are expected to be available.
Zenit St. Petersburg: Christian Ansaldi (muscle) and Andrey Arshavin (hamstring) have not travelled with the squad to Germany.