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  • 6 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: C. Çakιr
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Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Klopp's charges set sights on historic Bernabeu win

The Bundesliga giants will go in search of a first Champions League away victory in nine years when they visit the Spanish capital to take on Los Merengues

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa
Essien, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

Real Madrid have no fresh injury concerns for Tuesday's clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira remain out, but Alvaro Arbeloa is available after making his comeback from a hamstring injury in Saturday's win over Zaragoza.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso returns after serving a domestic suspension at the weekend, while Raphael Varane may get the nod over Raul Albiol in central defence.

Borussia Dortmund are hopeful that captain Sebastian Kehl will be fit to play despite suffering a facial injury in Saturday's goalless draw with Stuttgart.

The 32-year-old had a special protective mask fitted on Sunday, meaning he could start in the Spanish capital, while fellow midfielder Sven Bender may also return from a calf strain.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won their last seven Champions League matches at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • The Castilian side's overall record against German visitors is W18, D3, L2.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored 14 goals in his last 10 Champions League appearances.
  • Borussia Dortmund have won just two of their last seven away matches in all competitions.
  • The Bundesliga outfit last won a Champions League away game at AC Milan in March 2003.
  • Dortmund's overall record in Spain is W1, D2, L5, with the sole victory coming against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League group stage in 1996-97.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spain international's composure is essential when it comes to building attacks from the base of midfield, especially against Dortmund's constant pressing of the ball. Madrid will need Alonso to dictate the rhythm and tempo of the team and provide adequate cover for the back four during counterattacks.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 20-year-old appears to have put his injury troubles behind him with a run of outstanding and consistent displays in Dortmund's midfield. One of the most elegant young players in Europe, Gotze will want to showcase his talents on the European stage and fire his team through to the knockout stages of the tournament
Prediction
While Dortmund were superb in beating Madrid at home, they will face a much sterner test of their mettle in the Spanish capital. With a tough trip to Manchester City to follow, los Blancos will be desperate to avenge their defeat in Germany and take a giant stride towards qualification to the knockout stage.
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