It has been a frequent Champions League fixture from some years, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid lock horns in Tuesday’s encounter under very diverse circumstances, despite both winning their fixtures at the weekend.
Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga, having scored 19 goals in six games, but they are still searching for their very first point in the Champions League post their defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
On the other side, Real Madrid are on top of the Champions League group following a comfortable win against Apoel but they are sixth in La Liga, seven points behind leaders Barcelona after only six games.
It’s been a disappointing start for the reigning Spanish and European champions, with a marginal 2-1 victory at bottom club Alavés on Saturday not serving well to lift their spirits. Dortmund, however, have strengthened their position atop the Bundesliga with a 6-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach all thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick.
These teams have met eight times in the last five years, with neither side able to achieve an away win in any of those fixtures. Both of their matches in the group stage last season finished 2-2, with that man Aubameyang on the scoresheet in Dortmund and Madrid.
Dortmund welcome back former Barça defender Marc Bartra and midfielder Julian Weigl, who missed the trip to Wembley. Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, can call upon Raphael Varane as well as Marco Asensio after his leg-shaving injury, with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to lead the line in the absence of Karim Benzema.