Tue 26 Sep 2017, 07:41
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid is our pick of the UEFA Champions League matches to watch this week.
The defending champions will have to put a lukewarm start to their La Liga campaign aside and shift back into top gear against Borussia Dortmund in what has been labelled “The Group of Death’.
Watch the live match on DStv on Tuesday 26 September from 20:00 CAT on SuperSport 3 (DStv Channel 203, streaming live on DStv Now) and enjoy the highlights on DStv Catch Up later.
Dortmund, by contrast, have made an encouraging start and top the Bundesliga.
Serial champions Madrid are the world’s most powerful football club brand and to this marque team winning is non-negotiable every time they step out on to the field.
The illustrious Real hold the record for the most Champions League (formerly known as the European Cup) victories (12) and also boast having captured the prestigious continental title the most times in a row (five times between 1956 and 1960).
The BVB (Dortmund) are already on the back foot after a visit to Tottenham Hotspur in their opener ended in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley. In the same round, Los Blancos brushed aside the Cypriot champions Apoel 3-0.
Another defeat for the German club in front of their passionate yellow army of fans could seriously dent their prospects of advancing beyond the group phase and may force them to settle for a Europa League spot.
The Dortmund Board would no doubt like to start seeing a return on a summer spending spree of 82.73 million Euros (R1.3 billion) which netted the likes of right winger Andrey Yarmolenko, striker Maximilian Philipp and Manchester City youth prospect Jadon Sancho.
Their books were well balanced by the departure of left winger Ousmane Dembele’ to Barcelona in a highly publicised transfer for a whopping 105 million Euros.
Madrid, by contrast, were more conservative and dipped into the Spanish youth market in the off-season, but still have five of the most expensive players in the world on their payroll.
Tuesday’s showdown will prove to be a defining one for both clubs.
Log – Group H
(Matches, Goal Difference, Points)
R Madrid 1 3 3
Tottenham 1 2 3
Dortmund 1 -2 0
Apoel 1 -3 0
Real Madrid are one of only three clubs in Spanish history to have never been relegated from La Liga’s top division – The other two are Atletico Bilbao and Barcelona.
They are also only club ever to win La Liga five times in a row on two different occasions – 1961-1965 and 1986-1990.
They were boted by FIFA as the ‘Most successful club of the 20th century”.
Borussia Dortmund are the third largest sports club in Germany by membership.
They have the highest average attendance of any football club in the world.
Their rivalry with Bayern Munich is known as ‘Der Klassiker’ (The Classic).
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by Trevor Cramer