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Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: Team News, Probable line-ups and stats

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Zinedine Zidane will be demanding an improved performance from his players, who have been floundering on the domestic stage

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund renew their Champions League rivalry when they meet at Signal Idunda Park on Tuesday.

The teams have been paired together five times in six seasons, with Real narrowly coming out on top. However, Dortmund will take comfort from the fact that they have never lost at home to Madrid, having won three and drawn three.

While Real won their opening game in Group H, Dortmund were soundly beaten by Tottenham and they will hope to respond with a home win over the reigning champions.


Position Borussia Dortmund players
Goalkeepers Weidenfeller, Reimann, Burki, Bansen
Defenders Zagadou, Subotic, Bartra, Toljan, Beste, Sokratis, Piszczek, Toprak, Schumacher
Midfielders Sahin, Dahoud, Pulisic, Kagawa, Castro, Weigl, Larsen, Sauerland
Forwards Yarmolenko, Gotze, Isak, Aubameyang, Philipp, Serra

Dortmund come into their Champions League meeting with Madrid without a number of key players. Andre Schurrle, Raphael Guerreiro, Marcel Schmelzer, Erik Durm and Sebastian Rode are all ruled out, while Marc Bartra remains a doubt, despite featuring from the bench in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Peter Bosz will also be without long-term absentee Marco Reus, who continues to recover from a serious knee injury, while new signing Jadon Sancho is not in the squad for the competition.

Potential starting XI: Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Toljan; Sahin, Kagawa, Gotze, Pulisic, Yarmolenko; Aubameyang.

Position Real Madrid players
Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Luca
Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Achraf, Tejero
Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos
Forwards Ronaldo, Bale, Vazquez, Mayoral

Real Madrid have named a 20-man squad for the game against Dortmund and Toni Kroos is included having managed to shake off an injury. Theo Hernandez, however, will not be fit enough for the clash.

Zinedine Zidane will also be without the injured trio of Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic and Karim Benzema for the trip to Germany.

Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Casemiro, Ceballos, Modric; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo.

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