Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos aim for fourth successive...

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos aim for fourth successive semi-final


Real Madrid visit Borussia Dortmund tonight in the second leg of their quarter-final tie knowing that, barring a disaster, they will be making their fourth consecutive semi-final appearance in the Champions League.

Los Blancos hold a 3-0 lead, but will have in the back of their minds the nightmare at the Westfalenstadion from 12 months ago, when an inspired Robert Lewandowski performance saw Jurgen Klopp’s men win 4-1.

The lineup for the hosts tonight will be very different though, despite the return of the Polish striker from suspension. Neven Subotic (knee), Ilkay Gundogan (back), Jakub Blaszczykowski (knee), Marcel Schmelzer (groin), Sven Bender (groin), and Jannick Bandowski (foot) are all missing, while Sebastian Kehl misses out through suspension.

Carlo Ancelotti has a selection headache of his own, with Cristiano Ronaldo doubtful due to the recurrence of the pain in his knee from tendinitis. The 29-year-old pulled out of training after just 20 minutes yesterday and will not be risked. Sami Khedira (knee), Jese Rodriguez (knee), Alvaro Arbeloa (knee), and Marcelo (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Probable Lineups:
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Durm; Kirch, Sahin; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski

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