Real Madrid will only table the sixth and final round of the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2017/2018. The current double champion of the tournament receives in the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Borussia Dortmund. The start of the duel is scheduled for 17:45 (Brasília time).
Qualifiers in Group H for the Round of 16 are already set. With 13 points, Tottenham secured the first place. With ten, Real Madrid took second place. The third position, which gives the right to play the Europa League in the second half of the season, remains open. It is disputed by Dortmund and Apoel, who added only two points.
The recent performance of Real Madrid
Real has not lost six games. The series, however, is not able to excite its fans. They were three wins and three draws in the period. The most recent equality took place on Saturday, December 2. Away from home, the team was 0-0 against Athletic Bilbao.
He wasted the chance to reduce his handicap in comparison to Barcelona, a leader who had stumbled a little before at Celta (2-2). To make matters worse, a position on the leaderboard still fell. With 28 points (eight wins, four draws and two defeats), he was beaten by Atletico Madrid and came to occupy the fourth position. Very little considering the investment capacity of the club, but consistent with the quality of football presented.
Even in the Champions League, where he managed to qualify in advance, Real Madrid has not made great games. Just like last season, he did not get the lead of the group. This will make you face a key champion in the next step. It is a theoretical disadvantage, but that did not stop him from taking the cup in 2016/2017.
The most disturbing thing is performance below expectations. This has generated news about a possible market rush in the European winter transfer window. During the summer hiring period, the Real was discreet and kept its vaults closed for large investments.
Faced with a tight schedule in December that has games for the Interclub World Cup and especially the classic against Barcelona, it is quite likely that coach Zinedine Zidane spare some athletes in the match on Wednesday. By injury, the casualties should be only the socks Marco Asensio (12 games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, four goals) and Gareth Bale (five games, two goals).
The current form of Borussia Dortmund
If the situation of the Real is considered uncomfortable, that of Borussia Dortmund is a crisis. The team can not win for seven games. There were four defeats and three draws in the period. This not only caused the early elimination of the Champions League as it did the team to fall in the German Championship.
On Saturday, in December, the team went 1: 1 with Bayer Leverkusen, although the rival played most of the time with one less athlete. Brazilian Wendell was sent off in the 41st minute of the first half. Thus, with 22 points (six wins, four draws and four losses), he fell to sixth place. It is on the edge of the European Tournament classification zone and ten points behind Bayern Munich, the tournament leader.
In this disastrous scenario, the game against the Real finishes gaining more importance, since it opens the possibility of the classification of the Dortmund for Liga Europa. To not depend on any other result, the Germans have to win. However, even losing can take third place. In that case, they would need Apoel to be defeated by Tottenham in London.
None of the results are impossible. The problem is that Dutch coach Petr Bosz does not show signs of being able to manage the crisis a relationship crisis in the cast, according to local press reports. To make matters worse, there are still a number of constraints to escalation imposed by bruises.
Defenders Lukasz Piszczek (seven matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship without a goal) and Erik Durm (without performances) are in the infirmary; the semi-finals Mario Gotze (ten games without a goal), Jacob-Bruun Larsen (one game, no goal), Maximiliam Philipp (11 matches, six goals) and Sebastian Rode (no performances); and striker Alexander Isak (a game, no goal). Besides them is down right for the departure of this Wednesday the defender Jeremy Toljan (six games, no goal), suspended by the accumulation of yellow cards.
History of matches between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund
The Real’s 3-1 victory in Dortmund in the first round of the 2017/2018 Champions League has completed a dozen clashes involving the teams since 2003. The Spaniards have won five times. The Germans won three. The draws were recorded four times.
The Real has not managed to show great interest even in games worth points for the Spanish Championship. Soon, he will hardly exhibit this in a game that has a friendly air. This allows that despite the terrible phase of Borussia Dortmund it is possible to trigger a guess risk in the victory of the German team, which has a price of 6.00 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.80 and success of the principal yields 1.45.