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Dortmund v Madrid: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

"The biggest games tend to bring out the best in big players," said Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel when asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's form ahead of Tuesday's visit of the Merengues.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoying himself at training on Monday
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoying himself at training on Monday ©Getty Images
  • Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel labels Madrid "maybe the biggest name in world football"
  • Dortmund are looking for a fourth successive home victory against Madrid
  • Zinédine Zidane says recent back-to-back draws might be a "wake-up call"
  • Merengues have won only four of their previous 29 games away to German opposition
  • Visitors are unbeaten in 19 in all competitions, dating back to 6 April

Possible line-ups
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Ginter, Schmelzer; Castro, Weigl; Guerreiro, Götze, Dembélé; Aubameyang.
Out: Durm (knee), Reus (groin), Batra (groin)

Real Madrid: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo; Kroos, Modrić, Kovačić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Casemiro (ankle), Marcelo (calf)

Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here

Highlights: Dortmund scored six on matchday one

Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund coach
We have analysed their recent games in terms of how they have been playing. Of course we recognise the quality of Real Madrid – the likes of Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema are of the highest quality there is. Madrid are maybe the biggest name in world football, so there will be an incredible atmosphere in the stadium.

It's easy to say 'Cristiano Ronaldo is not in form', but who is judging that? Will that really be the case? Cristiano is one of the world's best footballers and an incredible winner who can help his team simply though his presence and aura. The biggest games tend to bring out the best in big players, so we are preparing for the best Ronaldo there is.

Highlights: Madrid left it late to beat Sporting

Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach
Every player who is substituted before full time is angry [including Ronaldo]. We have spoken with each other after the game, but that was a normal thing, it happens. We have moved on.

The points we have dropped lately, it happens. It can even happen several times in a season. The important thing is how we are working on the goals we have for this term. The team are in good shape I believe. Sometimes these matches serve as wake-up calls. I am not worried. Some things we can improve.

I expect a hard-fought game. They have a couple of new players, but that has not changed their philosophy. They want to play football, but so do we.

Madrid twice surrendered the lead on Saturday
Madrid twice surrendered the lead on Saturday©Getty Images

Weekend results
Dortmund 3-1 Freiburg (Aubameyang 45, Piszczek 53, Guerreiro 90+1; Philipp 60)
Tuchel's men took their tally to 20 goals in four games with another win, and equalled their club record of 24 Bundesliga home matches without defeat.

Las Palmas 2-2 Madrid (Tana 38, Araujo 85; Asensio 33, Benzema 67)
Zidane's team twice squandered the lead yet remain top of the Liga. Lucas Vázquez came on for Cristiano Ronaldo on 72 minutes, with Madrid 2-1 up.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dortmund: WWWWLW
Madrid: DDWWWW

Watch Lewandowski's four goals in 2013

Reporter's view: Steffen Potter (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
Dortmund v Real Madrid – there have been classics in recent years and I was lucky enough to be in the stadium for Robert Lewandowski's historic four goals in the 2012/13 semi-finals, one of the most intense football games I have watched live. Somehow, Dortmund know very well how to play Madrid in their own stadium and, with the hosts in such dazzling form, I expect this to be no different. With their quality, it is of course not out of the question that the European champions will land their first ever win at this venue, but I can absolutely see this exciting BVB side taking at least a point from this match.

Did you know?
Zidane was in the Juventus side defeated 3-1 by Dortmund in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League final. Find out more in our extensive match background.