Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

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Updated: March 26, 2014
Borussia Dortmund and real Madrid

Match Date: 02 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

 

Will Real Madrid have its awaited revenge?

 

For the 2nd time around, the Los Blancos are pitted against Borussia Dortmund. Many speculate that this is the perfect time for Carlos Ancelotti and his men to exact their revenge against the squad, which hampered their Champions League title campaign last season.

 

Last season, Dortmund made an impressive start in the 2-legged playoffs via slapping Real Madrid with a 4-1 victory at Signal-Iduna. Such has given them a comfortable lead, which allowed them to advance to the final despite the 2-0 defeat at Santiago Bernabéu.

 

But the times have changed. Real Madrid’s current form is far different than what they have last season in the same way that Borussia Dortmund seems to lack the teeth that they once had.
Back in La Liga, the Los Blancos remain as tough contenders for the title race. Although this may add more pressure to the squad, the mere fact that they have the possibility of being hailed as Spain’s football king, may also give their confidence a boost.

 

On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund’s title race has ended early. Actually, it was not possible this season. Bayern Munchen’s undefeated streak with several games to spare destroyed its opponents’ chances of stealing the limelight and apparently, Dortmund is one of them.

 

As a matter of fact, the Borussians also struggled to maintain its runner-up status in Bundesliga. Even their entry into the quarterfinals lacked the brilliance that they have shown before.

 

Evidently, Dortmund has slowly lost their dominant presence not only in the Champions League, but also in the domestic league. Injury has really got into their way. Neven Subotic, Sven Bender, Ilkay Gundogan and Jakob Balszczykowski—some of its key players are all sidelined. Likewise, the promising Marco Reus, although, he has already shown his readiness for the match, is still on the verge of recovering and such may readily affect his performance.

 

Other than the injuries, Dortmund’s chances of advancing in the competition were further lessened with the yellow card handed over to Robert Lewandowski.

 

Lewandowski’s clash against Zenit Petersburg’s Tomas Hubocan resulted to a bloody encounter and therefore, got him the booking that will prevent him from making it to the 1st leg of the quarterfinals.

 

Given this aspect at hand, indeed, there is no doubt that Los Blancos is up for some redemption. It is a definite reversal of roles for the involved clubs and clearly, in this encounter, it is no secret which squad becomes an overt online betting favorite.

 

Prediction: Real Madrid 

 

 

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