Borussia Dortmund Vs Real Madrid: Where To Watch Live Streaming Of UEFA Champions League Semifinal [PREVIEW]
Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo: Reuters)
Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid Wednesday in the second Germany vs. Spain semifinal of this season's UEFA Champions League. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. EDT and can be streamed online (at user's risk). A repeat telecast will be available on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 pm.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping he can replicate German rivals Bayern Munich who defeated Spanish opposition Barcelona 4-0 in Munich last night. He faces a tough challenge in Mourinho's Madrid, who have pinned all their hopes for the season on the Champions League after a faltering league campaign.
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Klopp and his team have been severely hampered in the preparation by news of Mario Gotze's €37million transfer to Bayern Munich in the summer. Klopp reveals he has known about the deal for some time now, suggesting the recent revelation to be a destabilizing tactic from an unknown source.
"We've all known how we wanted to prepare for this match for a long time," Klopp said. "We don't know why they've chosen to print a story like this at a time like this, but we can hazard a guess. If they were trying to make us lose focus, they won't succeed. Now we're even more up for the match and even more desperate to win."
"It would have been worse for them to wait until four hours before the match to announce the signing", he continued, "although if I had to rank the timing on a scale of 0 to 10, I'd give it a 9".
The news creates the awkward situation of Dortmund fans cheering on Gotze knowing he will play for their most bitter rivals next season. Given the player's influence on the pitch, it is hard to imagine Dortmund leaving him out in such an important game. It will be interesting to see the fans' reaction to Gotze's decision.
Dortmund has played Madrid twice already in the competition's group stage. They will be encouraged by the performances, winning 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion and drawing 2-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Madrid look far stronger now than earlier in the competition and are even slight favorites going into the game.
Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was quick to dismiss claims that the earlier fixtures are any indication of how this match will unfold.
"The four goals they scored against us came from our mistakes," Mourinho said. "All of them were goals that we could have avoided. If they score against us, they need to be fantastic goals, unstoppable, where there's nothing anyone can do."
Mourinho went on to claim that his side deserves to win the competition this year, hoping that football is fair to his players.
"I believe in the team for their individual quality that the players have, their collective quality, their way of playing," he continued. "The players want this [to win the Champions League], and they deserve this. I would like that, over the two legs, football is fair to these people. They have not won a Champions League as a team. They were eliminated twice in ways which were hard to accept in the semi-finals. I would like football to be just with them."
The outcome of the game is sure, on some level, to depend on Madrid's primary goal scoring threat, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese attacker is top scorer in the competition with 11 goals.
The team from Spain will be without full-backs Marcelo (hamstring) and Alvaro Arbeloa (suspension). As a result, Sergio Ramos will probably play on the right-side of defense with Fabio Coentrao on the left.
Dortmund welcome back center-back Mat Hummels and could also start Nuri Sahin, who has a point to prove after being sold by Madrid this season.
It is likely to be an exciting game with Dortmund attacking from the get-go. Madrid are extremely effective on the counterattack, so one can expect the game to be littered with goals and chances.