Posted by Christopher Smith on September 27, 2016
Believe it or not, the great Real Madrid have a fairly poor record of playing teams in Germany. Tonight they travel to play Borussia Dortmund in the Westfalenstadion, a venue where they have lost on their last 3 appearances.
However, there are some good reasons to believe that Real could end their Deutschland hoodoo and come away with all 3 points tonight...
1. Ronaldo desperate to impress
By his own immutably high standards, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a poor start to the 2016/17 season. A combination of illness, minor injuries and a dip in form has seen him score just twice.
He was recently substituted in the 72nd minute in a game versus Las Palmas, a decision he didn't take kindly to as he trudged off the pitch and avoided any eye contact with his manager Zidane.
Cristiano will be desperate to put on a performance tonight and get back amongst the goals, and the thought of one of the two best players in the game trying extra hard against you is definitely a scary one. Ronaldo at his very best is still unplayable.
2. On-form Madrid
Zinedine Zidane has turned things around massively since taking the reigns at the Bernabeu. Not only did they win another Champion's League trophy, but they went on a run of 16 consecutive La Liga wins, equalling a record set by their fierce rivals Barcelona.
Unfortunately; a lot of their recent success came through the solidity in their midfield created by the Brazilian Casemiro, who recently broke his leg.
Even without Casemiro's presence though, they can still call on the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco to control the midfield through quick passing and skill instead of strength.
3. Madrid can win ugly
Before Zidane took over, the biggest criticism of Real was that if they weren't firing on all cylinders they would drop points.
Now under Zizou's management, Madrid regularly come away from matches with all 3 points even when they haven't played particularly well. Even on their recent 16 game winning streak they were often criticised for their less than convincing performances.
If a side like Real Madrid can win when playing poorly, then you've got virtually no chance if they decide to turn up!
4. Madrid's frightening front line
With the exception of Barcelona, Madrid have arguably the most deadly and intimidating attack in Europe.
Ronaldo, Morata, Bale and Benzema have already grabbed 14 goals and 4 assists among them so far this season, and that's with Ronaldo out of sorts.
The blistering pace of Bale and explosive talent of Ronaldo is also particularly suited to counter-attacking football, which is almost certainly what Madrid will be doing in Germany tonight.
5. Zidane's calmness
Despite his tempestuous nature as a player, (with one particularly famous incident in 2006 being the stuff of legend) Zidane is surprisingly cool, calm and calculated as a manager.
It's rare to see Zizou look particularly upset at any point on the sidelines and he's yet to cause a Mourinho-style media storm with comments about the press.
His composure has spread throughout the Madrid players who no longer panic when going behind in a game. This was especially evident in the last El Classico match when they came from 1-0 down to beat Barca 2-1 with only 10 men.
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