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It’s zero shame to don the underdog draw against Real Madrid. But while Dortmund will go to this semi-final tie as the outsiders to advance, it is the platform they thrive on. Jurgen Klopp’s side were labelled as the dark horses to win the Champions League right from the start of the season, although the Bundesliga side are aware they deserve more credit than to become the bogey side.
Their enjoying style is diverse, their attacking dynamic and Dortmund possess what it really takes to become one involving Europe’s top teams. A semi-final tie against Real Madrid is the ultimate chance to shake the particular dark horse tag and gain the rightful respect being a European powerhouse. Granted, Real will long be deemed being a class above given the nine European cups they've got won, but Dortmund will be eager to emerge from the shackles involving mediocrity.Dortmund’s performances in the Champions League this season have reflected their potential. They’ve dodged the particular challenges of Real, Manchester City and Malaga to keep undefeated in ten European features. A 2-1 win at home to Real in the group stage and a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu is proof that their attack is just as dangerous as any other in the competition.The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mario Gotze have helped Die Schwarzgelben to 21 goals heading into the tie and they'll once again be the focus on the two legs. But the 3-2 make an impression on Malaga in the second leg of their quarter-final exposed the frailties within Dortmund’s defence. Conceding one aside goal made progression difficult, but conceding two goals in your own home is a rarity for previous season’s German champions.Malaga utilised the wide channels effectively and found the best way around the Dortmund defence that might be easily penetrated. That will surely be a region Klopp will be keen to be able to rectify as Cristiano Ronaldo needs no invitation to run at defenders. The Portuguese winger may be inspirational in recent weeks, scoring 31 La Liga goals and 11 in the Champions League this season.It will be foolish for Dortmund not to be able to bombard Ronaldo, but even more ill-advised to focus their attention on the 28-year-old. Although Ronaldo has proved he can step up when it matters most and evade the attention of multiple defenders, Real have a good amount of stars allowing them to become independent of Ronaldo. Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos return after being suspended for your quarter-final second leg against Galatasaray.Key Battle – Marco Reus sixth v Xabi Alonso: Reus has almost numerous assists as he does goals in the Bundesliga this season, proving influential as both a provider as well as poacher. The German midfielder includes a knack of showing his true colours in games that matter and he was lethal in the group stage clash at the particular Bernabeu. But he meets his or her match in Xabi Alonso, who is the engine room of Authentic Madrid. The Spaniard is an imposing figure in the midfield and has outstanding submitting. He may be deployed within a more defensive role to control Reus but are going to be lethal going forward.
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