Berlin - Borussia Dortmund can set a new Champions League
goal record at Real Madrid on Wednesday if the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane
Dembele or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score at the Bernabeu.
Dortmund arrive in Madrid just one shy of the 20-goal record
three teams -- Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona -- have previously
tallied in the Champions League group stages.
Two of those, United, in 1998/99, and Real, who achieved 'La
Decima' -- a tenth European crown -- in 2013/14, went on to win that season's
Thomas Tuchel's leaders Dortmund hold a two-point advantage
over Real in Group F and the winner of Wednesday's clash in Madrid will qualify
top of the table.
Star-studded Real, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, present
a formidable challenge at home, but Dortmund are in buoyant mood.
It finished 2-2 when the teams met in Dortmund last
September as Andre Schuerrle's late goal rescued the hosts after Ronaldo and
Raphael Varane scored for Real and Aubameyang had netted for Borussia.
But Dortmund were boosted a fortnight ago by the return of
Germany winger Marco Reus after six months out with the adductor injury that
saw him miss Euro 2016.
The 27-year-old grabbed two goals, with a third later
credited as an own goal, and set up two more when Dortmund trounced Legia
Warsaw 8-4 at home a fortnight ago in a record score for a Champions League
Also read: Dortmund striker Aubameyang back in squad
- Rolls Reus hits top gear -
Reus also weighed in with three assists, and had a goal
disallowed, in Dortmund's 4-1 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach on
"The injury, which meant a six-month break, has made
him more mature," said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.
"Now Marco is back and it's fantastic the way he has
Against Gladbach, Aubameyang also netted twice -- to make
him the Bundesliga's top scorer with 15 goals -- and Dembele also got on the
scoresheet in what Tuchel described as "a complete performance from
"In my opinion Ousmane Dembele had one of his best
matches in a Dortmund shirt," added Tuchel.
Reus is currently a joy to watch, from the way he casually
robbed Gladbach defender Nico Elvedi of possession to his audacious backheel
which set up Aubameyang for his second goal as Dortmund warmed up for Madrid.
"The pass was crazy, but that's just Marco Reus. You
know what he's like," said Aubameyang.
"I am very happy that he is back. He is one of the best
players we have."
- Dembele's precocious talent -
Dortmund's current tally of 19 Champions League goals is
boosted by their results against Legia.
They romped to a 6-0 away win in Warsaw when six different
players scored before the record 8-4 win at home.
Dembele has been a revelation in his first season with
Dortmund since joining from French side Rennes.
The precociously talented winger announced his arrival with
a superb goal in Dortmund's 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United on a pre-season
tour of China and has produced ten assists and four goals in all competitions.
Aubameyang has taken the 19-year-old Dembele under his wing,
helping the teenager with his finishing, but also his defending, which had been
Dembele has been guilty of giving away possession too
easily, especially in Dortmund's 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt a week ago,
but Tuchel says the young Frenchman was "the difference" in the win
"He played one of his best games, because he carefully
passed in situations when it was not appropriate to dribble," noted
"He defended very attentively and made the difference
in certain situations."For
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