It’s time! All of the team’s effort comes down to these upcoming weeks. The most crucial of them all. It is all or nothing. Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid. It’s on!
The absent ones: Unfortunately Marcelo will be out due to injury as well as Arbeloa as he was sent off in the last game against Galatasaray. Essien was supposed to be back for the game however it does not look as if he will. Also, Modric is said to be injured. Arbeloa and Marcelo will definitely not play in Germany however we are going to have to wait for Tuesday, when the roster comes out, to see if Luka and Essy will be included in the team. Unlike what it was said by Marca, Diego Lopez did not leave the game against Betis injured. As tweeted by his lovely wife, Diego is fine and without any problems.
The previous encounters: Real Madrid faced Borussia Dortmund twice earlier this season in the group stage and was unsuccessful to beat them in either encounter. Needless to say, the team was going through quiet a few injuries and the mentality was different. In 1997/8 Real Madrid encountered European Champions Borussia Dortmund in UEFA Champions League semifinals. Two goals in the first leg by Karambeu and Morientes secured Real Madrid a spot in the final which they would end up winning.
Later on in 2003, Real Madrid beat Dortmund again in second group stage. First at home 2-1 thanks to R9 and Raul and then a draw 1-1 was enough to end up second in the group thanks to a goal by Portillo.
The other two instances in which Real Madrid and Dortmund have met, are the two we just lived earlier this season. The 1-2 defeat and the 2-2 draw.
So now, let’s take a look at the numbers of these two teams …
This will be Klopp’s first Champions League semi-final while it will be Mourinho’s seventh semifinal. With this seventh appearance, Mourinho has equaled Sir Alex Ferguson’s record despite being 21 years younger. Jose Mourinho, at his young age, is alongside Sir Alex the coach with the most semifinal appearances in the Champions League history. Special indeed.
Borussia Dortmund are the best out of the four semifinalist at home, according to numbers. They have won every single match in this Champions League and have only conceded 3 goals in 5 games. Real Madrid under Mourinho though, have only lost 4 times in 34 Champions League games played. Once against Galatasaray, once against Dortmund, once against Bayern Munich and once against FC Barcelona. Mourinho’s Real Madrid record in Champions League is 34 games: 23 victories, 7 draws and 4 defeats. Not bad, not bad.
In Germany, history is not pretty for Real Madrid. Luckily, history plays no role in big games. In 24 games, Real Madrid has only won once in Germany and lost 17 times. Ouch. But, in two legged-ties, Real Madrid’s record against German games is much prettier. Out of the 18 ties previously played, Real Madrid has won 11 and lost 7.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer with 11 goals. Lewandoski is Borussia Dortmund’s biggest threat in attack and the fourth top scorer in Champions. He (6) is two goals shy from Messi and Yilmaz (8) Perhaps due to the Ronaldo effect, Real Madrid is the side in Champions with the most shots per game, 20. Cristiano’s 11 goals signify 48% of Real Madrid’s goals in Champions League whereas Lewandowski’s 6 goals are 32% of Borussia’s goals. Di Maria and Gotze have 4 assists in this Champions season.
Here are some quick numbers:
– Most fouls per game: Alvaro Arbeloa – 2.3 per game and 16 in this current Champions League
– Most clearances per game: Neven Subotic – 12.1 per game and 97 in total, the most out of any defender in Champions
– Most goals: Cristiano Ronaldo – 11 – top of the UCL
– Most assists: Angel Di Maria and Mario Gotze – 4
-Most shots per game: Cristiano Ronaldo – 7, 70 in the whole competition
– Most fouled: Cristiano Ronaldo 2.5 fouls received per game, 25 in the competition
– Most offsides: Pipi… NO! Karim Benzema! 1.3 per game, total of 10
– Most passes per game: Xabi Alonso – 72.6 per game, 581 in total
– Highest pass success: Luka Modric 89.7% – 261/291 passes completed
– Most red cards: Alvaro Arbeloa – only player to have received two
– Most aerial duels won per game: Robert Lewandowski 3.3 duels won per game
Finally… my XI
Hope you enjoyed my little preview… most numbers can be found at whoscored.com or the UEFA’s official site. If you disagree with my XI make sure you let me know at the comment section below! 🙂
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Hasta el final… vamos Real!!