The UEFA Champions league will be back in action tomorrow and Matchweek 2 promises one of the marquee fixtures of the Group Stage, Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund. The match will take place at the Signal Iduna Park, the home of Borussia Dortmund.
The two teams have faced each other 9 times, with Real Madrid winning 4 and Dortmund winning 3. 2 matches have ended in draws. On any given day, Real Madrid would enter favourites for the fixture, however, one should keep in mind that the hosts of the evening will be Dortmund and beating them at their home ground is not an easy task by any means.
Last time around:
The last time these two sides played was in the 2013-14 Champions League quarter finals. That match was also at the Signal Iduna Park. Real Madrid entered the match with a 3-0 lead and were expected to comfortably progress to the semi-finals. However, Dortmund played brilliant football and won the fixture 2-0, though it wasn’t enough to qualify, it did show what they can do at home. Real eventually won the tournament for a record 10th time.
Over the years, Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund has become a top European fixture to look out for.
Dortmund have been sublime form in the season so far. They have scored 20 goals and conceded just 2 in their last 4 games and sit 2nd on the Bundesliga table, behind Bayern Munich. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in great touch.
In contrast, Real Madrid haven’t had the best of starts to the season. Their defence looks unstable and the finishing hasn’t been great. The loss versus Sporting CP in their opening Champions League game shows that need to work on their overall game play. They have drawn their last 2 games against Las Palmas and Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to hit top form this season. This match gives them a perfect platform to make a statement.
Players to watch out for:
Real Madrid: Without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo will be Real Madrid’s main player. He hasn’t been at his best yet and will definitely be out to prove a point, especially to Zinedine Zidane, who subbed him off for the last few in the draw versus Las Palmas. He has scored 2 goals in 4 appearances in the season so far.
Borussia Dortmund: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in sublime form in the season so far and will be looking to continue his fine run in front of goal. He has scored 6 goals in 5 appearances so far.
Real Madrid: Navas, Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Kroos, Modric, Rodriguez, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale.
Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Piszczek, Bartra, Sokratis, Rode, Schmelzer, Weigl, Castro, Guerreiro, Gotze, Aubameyang.
Injuries: Neven Subotic and Marco Reus are the major casualties for Dortmund, while Casemiero, Pepe and Marcelo are out for Real Madrid.