It is a day still present in the memory of every BVB supporter around the world. The 24th of October was the day that Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Westfalenstadion to storm the top of the table in UEFA Champions League group D which was often called the “group of death” and which is the only one filled with four champions of their respective leagues. And if you think of the match away at Manchester City, it would have also been possible to make it a perfect three wins out of three matches. Borussia has the pole position in the rankings and it is even possible to qualify for the next round with a victory at the big temple of Estadio Santigno Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Of course, we all know how hard this task is going to be. Even in the first meeting with Real Madrid, the team of José Mourinho proved why they are one of the best teams on Earth. One mistake can cost you the match. Fortunately it didn’t the first time BVB and Real met and hopefully, it will not on Tuesday evening. The team of Madrid is filled with stars and with the home advantage on their side, all I could dream of is gaining one point.
But there is no need to be afraid of anything. Borussia already proved that the guys in black and yellow can beat Real Madrid. Why should they not repeat the glorious victory again? Why should they not play a good ball like they did in each and every one of the three previous matches in this year’s Champions League? And for God’s sake, even with a loss at Madrid, everything would be still possible in the group since Manchester City still needs to come to the Westfalenstadion and gaining something away at Ajax Amsterdam is not impossible as well.
Borussia has to be confident going into the match even after the unfortunate 0-0 against Stuttgart on this past weekend. However, this match could have cost BVB skipper Sebastian Kehl the possibility to play in the Bernabeu. Kehl was knocked out cold by Stuttgart’s Holzhauser and had to be substituted. He broke his nose and even though he travelled to Madrid with a special mask and the ability to work the match, it is not sure if the skipper will be one of the eleven starters of the German champion. However, the eleven players on the pitch will definitely not be alone in Madrid since many supporters already travelled to Madrid to repeat the feeling of the away match in Manchester where not only the opposing team but also the British media were once again impressed by the outstanding performance of the Borussians on the stands. Madrid will be filled in black and yellow, giving the team additional motivation to gain something in the Santiago Bernabeu.
So, how do we have to play to reach something away at one of the best clubs in the world? Well, like in the first meeting with Mourinho’s guys, every player wearing a black and yellow jersey will have to be focused at a level of not less than 100%. Like I stated earlier, every mistake can cost you the match. It will certainly be a good idea to take Xabi Alonso under control like our defenders did just a few weeks ago. Although it is doubtless that you can’t take a player of his class out for a whole match, it will be helpful to prevent his opening passes. Another key player of Madrid is Cristiano Ronaldo who can decide a match on his own and who underlined that fact more than once over his career. However, it would not be fair to speak about Alonso and Ronaldo without mentioning the rest of the all star team. Özil, Benzema, the list goes on and on. One has to respect the team of Real Madrid F.C., but once again, no fear is necessary.
Our young team just has to get into this match confident and with the knowledge of having already beaten this brilliant squad. Then everything is possible. And maybe, just maybe, the 6th of November will go on in the history books as the day Borussia Dortmund won the first match away at Real Madrid. And maybe, just maybe, the 6th of November will also be the day that Borussia Dortmund will qualify for the next round in the UEFA Champions League just two days before the end of the group phase. Maybe, just maybe… And if not? Who cares? Borussia has the pole position and all the aces in hand. No matter what happens in Madrid (or in Manchester), Borussia will still be on at least the second place of group D with two matches to go. Write history, Borussians! Every single one of your supporters believes in you, so you should do, too!
Real Madrid FC: Casillas - Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Raul Albiol, Arbeloa - Modric, Xabi Alonso - di Maria, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo - Higuain
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Kehl - Reus, M. Götze, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Referee: Cakir (Turkey)
Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu