Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid Preview: Hosts looking to repeat group stage triumph
Jurgen Klopp's side face the Spanish giants hoping to spring an upset and begin laying their path to the Champions League final at Wembley
By Enis Koylu
Borussia Dortmund will have the luxury of naming a full strength line-up for the visit of the Spanish champions, with Mats Hummels having got some minutes under his belt in recent weeks following a hamstring injury.
All eyes will be on Mario Gotze, after the stunning revelation of his summer move to Bayern Munich for a fee of €37m. Meanwhile, Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan will see off competition from former Blancos midfielder Nuri Sahin and club captain Sebastian Kehl to start in the middle of the park, with Jakub Blaszczykowski preferred to Kevin Grosskreutz on the wing.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have a few injury worries ahead of their visit to the Westfalenstadion. With Alvaro Arbeloa suspended, Sergio Ramos will start at right-back, with Pepe and Raphael Varane at the heart of the defence.
Marcelo has a hamstring knock, meaning Fabio Coentrao will start at left-back. Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho's men will be more or less at full strength, though Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are nursing minor injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund overcame Real Madrid in the group stage this season, triumphing 2-1 at home and drawing 2-2 away.
- Midfielder Nuri Sahin spent one season at the Santiago Bernabeu and a loan period at Liverpool before returning to BVB in January.
- Jurgen Klopp's side are the only unbeaten team in the competition and knocked Malaga out in the last round.
- Real Madrid have won just once on 24 visits to Germany and crashed out of the Champions League to Bundesliga opposition at this stage last season.
- Star playmaker Mesut Ozil (pictured, right) was born in Dortmund's Ruhr heartland and started his career at local rivals Schalke.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in the Champions League this season. He needs three more to match Lionel Messi's total from last year.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 18.24 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Real Madrid CF
- 14.61 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid CF
- 11.68 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid CF 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 2, 2014||Real Madrid CF 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 30, 2013||Real Madrid CF 2 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 24, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Nov 6, 2012||Real Madrid CF 2 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|Apr 15, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 0||GERC|
|Apr 12, 2014||FC Bayern München 0 - Borussia Dortmund 3||GER1|
|Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid CF 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 1||GER1|
|Apr 2, 2014||Real Madrid CF 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||UCL|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
After something of a barren spell for Dortmund in the Bunesliga, Reus looks to have rediscovered his form in recent weeks, scoring against Malaga in the last round and Mainz at the weekend. He starred at the Bernabeu earlier in the season and could be key again.
Mesut Ozil finally appears to be hitting top form for Real Madrid after something of a disappointing season, scoring twice in his side's last two matches. As a Gelsenkirchen boy, he will all the more eager to make an impression at BVB and scored against Bayern last season.
Real Madrid have quality and experience superior to that of Dortmund but Jurgen Klopp's side have proved that they are not to be taken lightly this season. The visitors have a poor record in Germany, and I'd expect the hosts to take a narrow advantage back to the Spanish capital.
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