Posted by Christopher Smith on September 27, 2016
Tonight sees a huge encounter in the Champion's League as the ever-popular Borussia Dortmund host arguably the world's largest club, Real Madrid.
Despite Real's squad full of world class talent, there are a few reasons why Borussia Dortmund might just spring a (slight) upset tonight and take all 3 points.
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
In recent years Aubameyang has gone from talented youngster, to hot prospect, to one of the world's very best forwards.
He has once again started the season like a house on fire and has grabbed 5 goals in 4 appearances for Dortmund so far. Stopping the lightening-quick Gabon forward could be too much to ask of the Madrid defence, especially in Germany.
2. Madrid's record in Germany
Believe it or not, Real Madrid have a fairly shocking record when it comes to playing German teams away from home.
The Spanish giants have only won 4 out 30 trips to Deutschland and have even lost their last 3 away trips to Dortmund.
The last time the two clubs played Dortmund ran out 2-0 victors thanks to a Marco Reus double.
3. Casemiro's injury
Poor old Casemiro - the once much-maligned defensive midfielder was long-ignored at the Bernebau for not being skillful enough and ultimately not Real material.
In the last 12 months the no-nonsense defender has become almost the first name on the team sheet as his ability to do all the dirty work helped Real's flair players to play and saw the club go on a record-equalling win streak.
Unfortunately for Madrid, Casemiro broke his leg in a recent game and is now out for the majority of the season.
With Dortmund's attacking talent, they might capitalise on a Madrid side that is missing their most consistent performer.
4. Off-form Ronaldo
Due to a combination of illness and minor injury niggles, Ronaldo hasn't quite been firing on all cylinders for Real so far this season.
He has managed just 2 goals, a poor return by his own incredibly high standards and was even subbed off in the 72nd minute against Las Palmas last Saturday.
Of course any side would be mad to disregard a player of Ronaldo's quality, but Dortmund's defence will be confident they're capable of keeping the Portuguese quiet.
5. Thomas Tuchel
When Jurgen Klopp left Dortmund many fans thought he would be irreplaceable. However, Thomas Tuchel was brought in from Mainz and has continued the great free-flowing football and hard-pressing style that Klopp had instilled.
In his first full season in charge, Tuchel took Dortmund to the German cup final, the Europa League quarter finals and finished 2nd in the Bundesliga (18 points clear of 3rd placed Leverkusen).
Tuchel has proven to be a very astute, capable manager and his tactical knowledge will prove vital against Zinedine Zidane's superstars.
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