Over the last couple of weeks, the attack has failed to deliver, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale drawing a blank in the last three games. Injury may be hampering their performances but Real Madrid noticeably need more from their star-studded trio if Dortmund are to be dealt with. Los Blancos will be affected by the absence of Marcelo and Casemiro, who have both been ruled out due to injury. Pepe is still a doubt for the fixture and his involvement will be confirmed once the team sheets are rolled out.
Given the soft and leaky partnership Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have forged at the back in recent weeks, Zidane will feel the need to involve his Euro 2016 winning Portuguese centre-half into the equation to cope with a pacy Dortmund attack.
Possible Starting XI: Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Danilo; Modric, Kovacic, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Barring a set-back at the hands of RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund have been typically ruthless in their start to the season, especially in the last three games where they have scored a staggering 20 goals. The departures of stars like Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan did little to dampen the spirits at the Signal Iduna Park as their reinforcements have done well so far to fill their boots.
However, having fallen to Bayern Munich in the DFB Super Cup early on in the season, Tuchel’s side face their next biggest test in Real Madrid on Tuesday. Dortmund have happy memories entertaining the Los Blancos at the Signal Iduna Park, none so better than the “Robert Lewandowski” semi-final when the Pole single-handedly demolished Jose Mourinho’s Madrid enroute to the Champions League final.
This time around, die Schwarzgelben boast a similar threat in the form of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who has been in scintillating form with six goals and 2 assists to his name so far. Much to Tuchel’s delight, young guns like Ousmane Dembele, Julian Weigl and Raphael Guerreiro have stepped up and settled in quickly into the first team setup. Dortmund do have injury worries with the likes of Marco Reus, Neven Subotic, Erik Durm and Sven Bender all yet to recover. Marc Bartra, Andre Schurrle and Aubameyang are also doubtful but they are more likely to feature having trained with the first team.
Possible Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Burki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Ginter, Schmelzer; Schurrle, Gotze, Weigl, Guerreiro, Dembele; Aubameyang