Can MADRID give a REAL fight?- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
When the draw for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals took place, many thought that the match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund is just a formality and it would be Real who has to wait for the result of other Semi-Finals to know their opponent for the Finals which is scheduled to take place at Wembley on 25th May 2013. But only a few remembered the unbeaten run of the German side in this year’s Champions league in which they had beaten Real Madrid at the BVB stadium during the league phase. Exactly a day before the first leg at the BVB Stadium, Dortmund, the Bundesliga Champions F.C. Bayern Munich defeated the Spanish Champions and our Arch Rivals Barcelona at home. Barcelona looked hapless against the formidable German side and were completely outplayed by them. It was sheer Dominance from Bayern even Leo Messi can’t stop the Brutal onslaught. Even then we Madridistas were confident of beating Dortmund at their own Backyard.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid – 1st Leg, BVB Stadium
After Barca’s defeat to Bayern the Spanish fans were hoping for Real Madrid to come good against Borussia Dortmund. But the German side had different ideas. Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski gave the home team the lead in the 8th minute through a cross from Mario Gotze. Just 3 minutes from the first half Whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo Equalised for the Blancos. The Second half saw the Borussia Dortmund stamping their authority on their game. Three goals were scored in 20 mins as Borussia Dortmund had a strong grip over their rivals. At the end of 90 mins, the score line was 4-1 with Lewandowski scoring all the four goals and Borussia Dortmund has a huge advantage going into the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu. The only thing to Cheer for Real Madrid is the away goal they scored which could turn vital if they beat Dortmund 3-0 at home on 30th April, 2013. After the match got over, there were talks among the Football aficionados about the END OF SPANISH DOMINATION IN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL AND GERMAN FOOTBALL IS ON THE RISE that clearly indicated the BEGINNING OF THE END FOR SPANISH FOOTBALL.
Time for Historical Comeback
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund – 2nd leg, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
After the Spanish clubs lost comprehensively in their first leg triggering talks about the end of Spanish Domination in European Football. Now its the Time for both Real Madrid and Barca to pull their socks up and give their 100% for the German Demolition Job. The supporters of both Real Madrid and Barcelona joined hands together against the German clubs in the Second leg. With the home support at their back, Real Madrid are set to play the second leg against Borussia Dortmund on 30 April, 2013.
Scenarios for Real Madrid to enter the Finals
- A 3-0 win for Real Madrid will see them in the finals.
- If Real Madrid concede a goal, they should win by a margin of (4+ the no. of goals they score) to knock the men in Black and Yellow out.
What Real Madrid must do to Win the Game
- The Real Madrid defence should stop the Borussia Dortmund Counter-Attack which has won them many games in the Past. With the likes of Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the ranks, Real Madrid should be able to stop their Counter-Attack.
- Borussia Dortmund Centre-backs Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic are usually uncomfortable with width and Di Maria’s inclusion will open up spaces so that he, Ozil and Ronaldo can exploit at the Bernabeu.
- The Magical touches from Ozil and the Through Balls from Xabi Alonso play a vital part in today’s game.
- Ronaldo and Di Maria should use their Pace to exploit their defence.
- Borussia Dortmund Forwards should be marked properly.
- Real Madrid should press in midfield and work just as hard as their opponents, so that their star players will have more opportunity to shine.
- Lewandowski should be tightly marked.
With the “Special one” Jose Mourinho’s ability to come up with strange ideas, Real Madrid should be able to reduce the deficit and win the game on their own backyard. “We could play with certain players that we do not normally play with and with an unusual system. So I will not say anything. We have to play minute by minute, goal by goal until the last breath” – Jose Mourinho on the crucial match against Borussia Dortmund.
Squad for the crucial tie:
Goal Keepers: Casillas, Adan, Diego Lopez.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Carvalho, Albiol, Nacho.
Midfielders : Khedira, Kaka, Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Essien, Modric, Callejon & Di Mara.
Forwards : C Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín & Morata.
With the fan support back for Real Madrid and it is rumoured that the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Valdes and Rafael Nadal will be present at the Bernabeu and support the home side for glory. The questions in everyone’s mind is about the presence of Iker Casillas and Kaka in the playing XI. Now its time for Real Madrid to show the World what they are capable of.