UCL second-leg preview: Dortmund host Real Madrid in need of a miracle

Match preview for the second leg of Dortmund vs Real Madrid for Forza Futbol

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Real Madrid travel to Dortmund with a commanding 3-0 first leg lead in this quarter-final tie. Los Blancos will be happy with their performance in the first leg. very much getting back to their devastating best albeit, against a depleted Borussia Dortmund side, missing their top striker Robert Lewandowski.

Both sides have picked up victories in their respective fixtures at the weekend in the lead up to this second leg.

Real Madrid minus Cristiano Ronaldo travelled to San Sebastian to take on Real Sociedad and produced one of their best away performances this season in La Liga.  The 4-0 win at the Anoeta came courtesy of Aiser Illarramendi’s first-half goal – which was his first goal for the club. Followed by second-half goals from Gareth Bale, Pepe and a late goal from youngster Alvaro Morata. The result sets them up very nicely to complete the job and qualify.

Meanwhile, Dortmund  came from behind in their weekend fixture at home to Champions League-chasing  Wolfsburg. Ivica Olic put the visitors into a half-time lead. Dortmund rallied and two second-half strikes from Lewandowski and Marco Reus sealed the three points for the home side. They will need to recall on the spirit of last season’s semi-final victory in order to have any chance of overturning the 3-0 deficit.

 

Key players 

Gareth Bale & Isco: Both players are important for different reasons. With Ronaldo only taking part in training for 20 minutes today ( Monday) it will be up to Bale and Isco to combine and find that killer away goal in Germany. It’s more important for Isco as the 21-year-old will have to grasp every chance he gets to try and force his way back into the starting line-up on a regular basis. For Bale, he will have to step up and prove his worth with Ronaldo being out, he will be given more freedom to create and take charge of the set-peices.

Robert Lewandowsi & Marco Reus: Both players scored in the weekend victory and are vitally important to how Klopp likes his side to play, with the high tempo and pressing. They will have to play very well just to force extra-time, Lewandowski will be eager to repeat his four-goal haul like the last time Madrid visited Dortmund. If they can grab an early goal i’m sure the crowd will spur them on with their fantastic noise.

 

Predicted Line-ups 

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Grosskreutz; Kehl, Sahin; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski.

Real Madrid : Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao; Illarramendi, Xabi Alonso, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Bale.

It looks like the first-leg result has given Dortmund too much to do, in terms of qualifying. If they can grab an early goal the crowd will get behind them and anything can happen. Madrid will be going out there to put the demons to rest and get the early goal to put the tie to bed. It certainly makes for an interesting tie.

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