Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid Preview: Champions of Germany and Spain collide in high-stakes showdown
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 are sweating on the fitness of Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze and Marcel Schmelzer ahead of their 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 welcome 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 have won just one of their 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 have failed to win any of their last five home encounters with Spanish clubs.
- Real Madrid have won five of their 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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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 24.13 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Real Madrid CF
- 11.82 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid CF
- 8.85 %
|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 19, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Mainz 2||GER1|
|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|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
Borussia Dortmund's marquee summer acquisition has been in excellent form of late, scoring six goals in the last seven matches for club and country. An elegant and intuitive player, Reus exudes the qualities that make the Bundesliga champions such a threat going forward - he can tackle, beat a man, interchange fluidly with the rest of the forward line and put away the chances that come his way.
The Portugal captain is in red-hot form, having racked up an incredible 11 goals in his last six matches for Real Madrid. But considering the quality of the opposition he will come up against on Wednesday, the 27-year-old may have to temper his attacking instincts and track back to help out the makeshift left-back Michael Essien - something that he has been accused of not doing often enough when he lets possession slip.
With both teams having made poor starts to their domestic campaign, Europe offers a chance for salvation. Dortmund will look to put their bitter defeat to Schalke behind them and produce a similar performance to the one that took Manchester City by surprise at the Etihad. Madrid have been generally solid away from home in Europe under Jose Mourinho, but their weakened defence can be exploited.