Real Madrid welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the quarter-finals in the Champions League. The clash pits together the sides for the first time since last season’s dramatic semi-final when the German outfit dumped out Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate. (Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund)
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be out for revenge nearly a year later and Madrid will be favourites as they line up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Great news for Real Madrid is that Dortmund won’t have Robert Lewandowski available due to suspension. The star striker had netted all four goals for Dortmund in last year’s meeting.
REAL MADRID STATS
1- Real Madrid come in to this match on the back of a nine game unbeaten run in the Champions League (W8 D1). The last CL game they lost was the SF first leg in Dortmund last April.
2- It’s been nearly three years since Real Madrid failed to score in a Champions League game (27/04/2011 v Barcelona) and they have scored in 33 successive CL matches.
3- Of sides left in the competition, Real Madrid have let their opponents have the most shots on target (41).
4- Cristiano Ronaldo has already netted more goals this season (13) than ever before in a single CL campaign. The record for goals within a single CL campaign is 14 by Lionel Messi in 2011-12 (excl. qualifiers).
5- Ronaldo has scored 48 goals and assisted 11 more in 47 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid.
6- Ronaldo has attempted the most shots at goal (41) and on target (27) in the Champions League this season.
7- No player has more assists in the Champions League this season than Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria (5).
BORUSSIA DORTMUND STATS
1- Dortmund have lost only one of their last five Champions League meetings with Real Madrid (W2 D2 L1), but this defeat was away in the Bernabeu last season (0-2).
2- Dortmund have won their last three Champions League quarter final ties, including a victory over Spanish side Malaga last season (3-2 on aggregate).
3- Robert Lewandowski has scored five goals in his last four Champions League appearances against Real Madrid; more often than against any other opponent.
4- Polish striker Lewandowski has scored or assisted 20 (50%) of Borussia Dortmund’s 40 goals in the Champions League since the start of last season.
Real Madrid are clear favourites to win this tie as Borussia Dortmund have had terrible luck with injuries to their players. The German side are without Neven Subotic, Sven Bender, Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marcel Schmelzer. Robert Lewandowski’s suspension just makes it worse. Can Dortmund cause a surprise?