Real Madrid head back into the Champions League where they hope to leave the suspect LaLiga form behind them. They travel to Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park to take on the current Bundesliga leaders at 20:45 CEST. watch it live
The home side have never lost at home against Real Madrid with Zidane and co. coming in search of their first win following three lossss and three draws since their first visit back in 1998.
Borussia Dortmund news
Peter Bosz moved from Ajax to Borussia Dortmund in the summer having led a young side to the Europa League final. All signs point towards similar success after his first couple of weeks in the job in the Bundesliga. He insists, however, that Real Madrid are not vulnerable despire their questionable league form and injuries.
Bosz has his side playing attacking, high-pressure football, which sees Dortmund lead the Bundesliga with a two-point cushion after Bayern Munich’s slip-up against Wolfsburg on Friday night with Hoffenheim in hot pursuit too. Dortmund hammered Borussia Mönchengladbach 6-1 to ensure there was no mix-up as to whether they would be putting in a title challenge or not. They lost 3-1 to Spurs in their first game but need to straighten the ship and Mario Gotze sent out a warning to their opponents on Tuesday night saying, “we are in really good form and playing at home”.
Julian Weigl made his first start in four months having recovered sufficiently from a broken ankle but won’t start given his lack of game. Bosz will also be without Marc Bartra, however, along with Sebastian Rode, Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer.
Probably line-up: Bürki; Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Toprak, Zagadou; Castro, Sahin, Götze; Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Pulisic.
Real Madrid news
Real Madrid beat Alavés at the weekend but did so under some pressure as they failed to put the game to bed at 2-1. Ronaldo still hasn’t scored in his return to action in the league but as Ronaldo says, “the Champions League is Real Madrid’s competition” and is an entirely different beast altogether.
Toni Kroos trained with the group on Monday and looks set to start despite missing out on the trip to Vitoria at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Zidane has no fresh injury concerns with
Benzema, Kovacic, Theo and Marcelo continuing in their respective recoveries.
Probable line-up: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos (c), Nacho; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo.