Real Madrid will be out for revenge when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu on Tuesday. The Spanish champions continued their poor record in Germany two weeks ago as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s impressive young side.
Since that disappointment, Real have maintained their impressive domestic form as they won all three games with 13 goals scored and just one conceded.
Despite defeat to Dortmund, Real remain handily placed in Group D, sitting three points ahead of third placed Ajax. Still, boss Jose Mourinho will be eager for his side to avoid further slipups and hone in on first-place in the group and an, in theory, easier tie in the knockout phase.
It's a tough group, every point you get is an achievement, every team in this group is at risk,” said Mourinho, according to UEFA.com. “If we beat Borussia Dortmund, we will be in a better position.
Mourinho was also playing compliments to their opponents in the buildup to the hotly anticipated matchup.
“I'm worried about the whole Borussia Dortmund team,” he revealed. “It is no coincidence that they have won the last two league titles in Germany or that they are top of the most difficult group in this season's UEFA Champions League. They are a very strong team with very physical, quick players.”
After the disappointment of their performance in the competition this season, Dortmund have been one of the more impressive teams in the Champions League this season to date. Things have not gone so well in their defense of their Bundesliga crown. Dortmund currently sit fifth in the standings and suffered another disappointing result on Saturday as they were involved in a goalless draw at home to Stuttgart.
Captain Sebastian Kehl suffered a facial injury in that match, although he could feature against Real with the aid of a protective mask. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marvin Ducksch remain sidelined, although Sven Bender could be in line for a return.
For Real, Mourinho has confirmed that Karim Benzema will be absent through injury, while young center-back Rafael Varane will start. Sami Khedira, Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo will still be missing.
Real Madrid (probable)
D: Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa
M: Modric, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
D: Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
M: Gundogan, Kehl
Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund have already shown that can trouble any team in Europe when they are at their best. With Real still with absentees on the defensive end, Dortmund could again be a real threat. But at the Bernabeu and in a rich vein of form, Los Blancos will be strongly favored and should pick up the three points.
Real Madrid 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Where to watch: The Champions League Group D clash kicks-off from the Santiago Bernabeu at 2.45 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by Fox Soccer Plus, with a live stream available on FoxSocer2Go.