Mario Gotze has warned Real Madrid not to expect an easy tie when they face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Bundesliga side have been in excellent form of late, having conceded just one goal in six league matches this season, scoring 19 goals in the process.
Sandwiched in those fixtures was a 3-1 opening Champions League defeat to English side Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but despite that result – former Bayern Munich midfielder Gotze believes his side are confident heading into the game against Zinedine Zidane’s side.
“We are looking forward to a difficult game, we have a lot of respect for them because they have won two Champions League, ” he told reporters in a pre-match press conference.
“But, this is a new season and we are in a good form, we will perform with all the effort we can. We are confident in ourselves.”
Dortmund boss Peter Bosz has various injury problems at present with Bartra (match fitness), Schmelzer (ankle), Guerreiro (broken foot), Durm (hip), Rode (pelvis), Reus (knee) – all ruled out.
However, he does have a selection headache in the final third, with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Maximilian Philipp and Andrey Yarmolenko all competing to place either side of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
One added bonus for Bosz’s side is that there are only four clubs remaining to have avoided defeat in each of their first six home games with Madrid; Inter and AC Milan, Bayern Munich and of course, Dortmund – who have three wins and three draws with Zidane’s side at their home ground.