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
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Essien
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
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.
Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
- 24.13 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Real Madrid
- 11.82 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid
- 8.85 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 2, 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 30, 2013||Real Madrid 2 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 24, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Real Madrid 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Nov 6, 2012||Real Madrid 2 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|Apr 15, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Wolfsburg 0||GERC|
|Apr 12, 2014||Bayern 0 - Borussia Dortmund 3||BUN|
|Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Wolfsburg 1||BUN|
|Apr 2, 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||UCL|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|