The group stage of the Champions League may have become an increasingly predictable slog, but Tuesday’s second match day will see a tantalizing meeting between two contenders for the trophy and two clubs with a storied recent rivalry.
Borussia Dortmund certainly made an impressive start on its return to the Champions League, dismissing Legia Warsaw 6-0 in Poland two weeks ago.
Trailing 1-0 to Sporting Lisbon going into the final two minutes at the Bernabeu two weeks ago, goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata saw Zinedine Zidane’s side escape with a victory.
The result continued a perfect start to the season, but since then Madrid has seen its run of 16 consecutive La Liga wins ended by draws against Villarreal and Las Palmas.
Dortmund will be without Marco Reus, Erik Durm, Sven Bender and likely former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra.