Borussia Dortmund visits Spain to take on Real Madrid on Tuesday April 30 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of their European Champions League semi final. Dortmund built up a sizable lead at home last week with an impressive 4-1 victory.
The away goal for Madrid could prove to be a crucial one since they will advance if they can manage to win the game 3-0 as they would advance to the final on this result. A 4-1 win will see the contest go into extra time and a possible penalty shootout while a draw will see Dortmund go through. A four-goal win or higher puts Madrid into the final at Wembley in London, England on May 25. Any three-goal win for Madrid other than 3-0 or 4-1 will see Madrid knocked out on the away-goals rule.
These teams have met in competitive matches three times this season with Dortmund winning two of them and the other ending in a 2-2 draw in Spain. However, Madrid thumped the German side 5-0 in a friendly back in 1999. In the last five matches overall in all competitions Madrid has three wins and two draws while Dortmund has won five straight.
Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in a local derby over the weekend and could possibly gain some confidence from that. They’re going to need a lot more than confidence to win this game and tie though and manager Jose Mourinho knows this. They need gals and lots of them. They’ll be looking to Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo to break out of his mini Champions League slump to lead the way even though he scored their lone goal last week.
When it comes to Dortmund, striker Robert Lewandowski had a remarkable game in the first leg as he scored all four of their goals. Madrid will definitely need to mark him closely if they hope to keep him off the score sheet this time around. But even if they subdue Lewandowski and the rest of his teammates, they’re still going to have to score at least three goals while they’re at it.
Madrid has been crowned champions of Europe nine times in the past and has lost just twice in their last 19 home tournament games and two of their past 26 home matches domestically. Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with Madrid this season though, but knows his players can’t afford to relax at anytime in the game. His side took three points from Fortuna Dusseldorf over the weekend with a 2-1 win while Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski were given a bit of a rest.
Look for Dortmund to play a bit more conservatively this week. They know they can afford to draw the game or lose by a close result. But the best way for them to play this match is to take the same attitude as in the first leg. If they sit back, look for Madrid to win the game, but still lose the tie on aggregate.
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of a Real Madrid win at 8/13 with a Dortmund victory at 4/1 and a draw at 3/1.