Real Madrid led by Cristiano Ronaldo will seek revenge for the semi-finals last season, when Borussia Dortmund knocked the Los Blancos from Champions league.
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Last season these two teams met the semi-finals when Borussia Dortmund led by inspired Lewandowski have enrolled a 4-1 home win which was enough for them to seal their progress, despite 2-0 defeat in the second leg match at Santiago Bernabeo.
For this game, Lewandowski is out, as he serving a one-match ban, but despite now having their key striker, Real Madrid managed is aware what threat can pose the German Side, and that his players will have to be at their best to beat Dortmund .
Still with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, Real Madrid have a much stronger team than the least season, while the German club, is without Mario Gotze who joined Bayern Munich and Klopp has a lot of problems with injuries, which puts the Los Blancos like the last season in a role of favourites.
Despite losing the last two of three games and dropping from the first place to third, in La Liga, behind the leading Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, los Blancos manage to bounce back and have smashed Rayo Vallecano with 5-0. Their confidence is still strong ahead of Champions league clash.
Ancelotti’s men have not lost in the Champions League since last year’s semi-final first-leg defeat to Dortmund, after which they entered eight wins and a draw and scored 31 goals in the process. In the last eight round, Real Madrid hammered another German club aside, Schalke 04 with 9-2, while Klopp’s men with a 5-4 aggregate win have knocked Zenit S.P.
For this game, Ancelotti cant count on Alvaro Arbeloa, Sami Khedira and Jese Rodriguez (all knee).Regarding the injury situation, Klopp has more problems as Neven Subotic and Jakub Blaszczykowski (both knee), Marcel Schmelzer and Sven Bender (both groin) are sidelined, but still he sees chances for his team.
“We are on the road to achieving all the goals we set ourselves at the start of the season,” he told Marca.
“We’re second in the Bundesliga, we’re in the DFB-Pokal semi-final and we have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, just like last year.”
Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday (1st April) that his side had a “very positive attitude” going into their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid despite being without key forward Robert Lewandowski, with Klopp insisting he didn’t “want to give any excuses beforehand”.
Klopp looking for his team to fight
Team Probable lineups :
Real Madrid: Casillas – Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Modrić – di Maria, Bale, C.Ronaldo – Benzema
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Hummels, Sokratis, Durm – Sahin, Kehl – Groskreutz, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang – Reus