23 April, 2013 - 15:01

Champions League preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Champions League preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals in what will be their third meeting this season, with the Spanish giants still looking for their first victory over Juergen Klopp’s side.

Both sides have been as the most entertaining teams in Europe this season and, with both teams being extremely vulnerable in defense and relying on their attacking might to succeed, this game will be undoubtedly joy to behold.

Borussia Dortmund team news:

There are no serious injuries for Juergen Klopp to be concerned with, as Matt Hummels is expected to return to a full fitness. With the Bundesliga title slipped through their hands, the German giants’ boss will field all his big guns for the game against Real Madrid.

Playmaker Mario Goetze, whose shocking summer move to rivals Bayern Munich has been recently confirmed by both parties, will be at the focus of attention. Despite Borussia Dortmund issuing a statement urging fans to support their star, fans will likely to voice their discontent with Goetze’s decision.

Bender and Gundogan are expected to feature in the middle of the pitch, while Blaszczykowski will be picked instead of Grosskreutz on the wing.

Real Madrid team news:

Real Madrid boast a clean bill of health ahead of the clash with Borussia Dortmund.

Marcelo is the only notable omission as he is sidelined through hamstring injury, meaning Fabio Coentrao will fill his left back position. Arbeloa is set to miss the game due to suspension Sergio Ramos, Varane and Pepe starting at the back.

Benzema and Modric are nursing minor injuries but expected to be in full fitness ahead of the game against Borussia.

Borussia Dortmund recent form:

Two goals from Reus and Lewandowski earned the German giants a comfortable 2-0 home win over Mainz in their latest Bundesliga game.

Real Madrid recent form:

Real Madrid recorded a 3-1 win over decent Real Betis side, with Ozil scoring brace and Benzema adding his name to a score sheet.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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