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
By Karthick Arvinth
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz
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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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid CF 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 19.22 %
Real Madrid CF 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
- 13.16 %
Real Madrid CF 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 7.79 %
|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|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 24, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Aug 19, 2009||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Real Madrid CF 5|
|Real Madrid CF|
|Dec 7, 2013||CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0 - Real Madrid CF 0||ESPC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|Nov 27, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Galatasaray 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Almeria 0 - Real Madrid CF 5||LIGA|
|Nov 9, 2013||Real Madrid CF 5 - Real Sociedad 1||LIGA|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
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.
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.
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.