History is not on the side of Real Madrid as they travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in matchday three of this season’s champions league. The astonishingly bad record of Madrid in Germany is a cause for concern for Jose Mourinho, as is the long injury list currently plaguing the Spanish champions.
Tonight will be the 24th time that Real have travelled to Germany for European competitions and they have won just once so far, against Bayer Leverkusen 12 years ago. Madrid have lost 16 of those matches and know they will be facing a loud ans passionate home crowd.
Mourinho was asked about the poor record in Germany and he replied with typical understatement that the reason Madrid have struggled is that the games have been difficult.
Dortmund are something of an enigma this season. They have won the German title for the past two years and completely outplayed Manchester City at the Etihad stadium but they only beat Ajax at home by a very late goal.
Their league form has been indifferent, they are already 12 points behind Bayern Munich and lost at home to local rivals Schalke in the last Bundesliga game. They have also lost their influential captain, Blaszczykowski, to injury.
Dortmund will have been planning for the visit of Real Madrid for some time, however, and will be fully fired up by their coach, Jurgen Klopp, who has stated that his team do not fear Madrid and have a plan to stop them playing.
If Mourinho can engineer a victory in Dortmund tonight, Madrid will have one football boot in the next round of the competition and some pressure will be relieved.