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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid

Jurgen Klopp's side welcome the nine-time European Cup winners to Signal Iduna Park in a clash that could go a long way towards deciding who finishes top of Group D

By Karthick Arvinth

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Essien
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema

Borussia Dortmund is sweating on the fitness of Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze and Marcel Schmelzer ahead of its Champions League encounter with Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Midfielder Gundogan has been missing from action with a back problem and is unlikely to return, while Gotze (hamstring) and Schmelzer (foot) will be handed late fitness tests.

Real Madrid welcomes Sami Khedira back into the squad after he missed the win over Celta Vigo because of a leg injury sustained on international duty with Germany.

Full backs Alvaro Arbeloa, Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao remain sidelined, so Sergio Ramos and Michael Essien will continue at right and left back respectively.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund has won just one of its last six matches in all competitions (W1, D3, L2).
  • The Bundesliga giants have never beaten Real Madrid in European competition in four attempts (D2, L2).
  • Dortmund has failed to win any of its last five home encounters with Spanish clubs.
  • Real Madrid has won five of its last six matches across all competitions.
  • The Castilian side have won just one of their 23 previous away games against German opponents (W1, D6, L16).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored four goals in the Champions League; more than any other player this season. He has also had more attempts on target (14) than any other player.


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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2