Two league champions, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, will match-up on Oct. 24 in the UEFA Champions League games and with such strong players on both teams, the match will be an all-star game not to be missed.
Cristiano Ronald, Karim Benzema, Mesut Özil, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas will hold up the fort for Real Madrid, while Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Mats Hummels bring the power on behalf of Borussia Dortmund. The match will be a factor in deciding who will dominate Group D in standings.
In their recent opening League games, both teams played against Ajax: Real Madrid had a 3-2 victory over Ajax while Borussia Dortmund had a 1-1 draw with the team. They also went up against Manchester City. Real Madrid won 3-2 and Borussia Dortmund had a 1-1 tie.
[Ajax and Manchester City will go head-to-head also on Oct. 24. Click here for details]
Borussia Dortmund has won only one of their last six matches in all competitions, with the rest either ending in a draw or a defeat. They have never beaten Real Madrid in an European competition but Bleacher Report predicted that Real Madrid will have difficulty on the defensive front, with Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao all injured.
The match will be played in Signal-Iduna-Park and with a home game, Borussia Dortmund will have the stands in their favor. However, Real Madrid are nine-time European Cup winners so do not expect them to give up easily, especially since they won five of their last six matches across all competitions. The Spaniards also welcomed back Sami Khedira, after he missed his team's victory over Celta Vigo because of a leg injury, according to Goal.com. The report also added that Alvaro Arbeloa, Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao are still sidelined, so Sergio Ramos and Michael Essien will remain the team's right and left-back.