Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid meet in a blockbuster Champions League semi-final tie later this month – but who will be heading to Wembley Stadium for the final on May 25?
These two teams had to show their resolve in the quarter-finals, and that means an intriguing two-legged semi-final tie is on the cards here. While Madrid needed another masterclass from Cristiano Ronaldo to see off Galatasaray, Dortmund produced a sensational late-show to scrape past Malaga. So which of these two teams is heading to London?
Real Madrid domestic disappointment has been well documented, but they are joint favourites to win the Champions League this year and recent form backs up their standing with the bookies (2/1 William Hill
). Madrid have now won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions, while the sensational Ronaldo has scored 11 times in their last eight games thanks to his brace this past weekend.
Madrid appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals when they romped to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie with Galatasaray, but the Turkish side threatened to pull off a massive upset when they took a 3-1 lead in the return meeting. However, Ronaldo finally killed off their fightback with his second of that game and if the Portuguese star remains in this mood, Real will be occupying one of the dressing rooms at Wembley.
It says it all about the quality of the final four when the bookmakers are considering Borussia Dortmund dark horses to replace Chelsea as kings of Europe – but that is what they are (13/2 Betway
). Like Madrid, they too have endured domestic disappointment this season, so success in Europe would certainly ease the pain of surrendering the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich.
Dortmund are somewhat fortunate to find themselves in the final four after a dramatic second leg in their last-eight tie with Malaga. A goalless draw in Spain looked set to cost them as they trailed 2-1 with eight minutes to go on their home turf, but they staged an incredible late rally that saw Marco Reus and Felipe Santana fire them into the semi-finals.
So both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have already shown their fighting spirit in this competition – but which one of these two sides will be gracing the Wembley pitch next month?