German giants Borussia Dortmund travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for a Champions League fixture on Wednesday night finding themselves already out of the competition – a surprise to many. Real Madrid, meanwhile, need a win to reach top spot and to also hope that Tottenham Hotspur suffer a shock loss to Cypriot side APOEL. Here’s four Dortmund danger-men that could cause Los Blancos problems on Wednesday night:
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The greatest Gabonese footballer of all-time, it now seems a while since the Madrid press were insistent that Dortmund’s lethal striker was Bernabeu-bound. Kylion Mbappe emerged at Monaco, and the Spanish press had a new possible recruit to salivate over. But Aubameyang hasn’t gone anywhere and with 17 goals in 19 games this season in all competitions – the former Saint Etienne man is back to his prolific best.
2. Shinji Kagawa
Back in his second spell at Dortmund after an unsuccessful period in the Premier League with Manchester United, Kagawa looks much more at home in the Bundesliga. An extremely clever player who has perfected the art of timing a pass, Kagawa will try and find pockets of space if Real Madrid leave them open. A superstar back in his home country Japan, Kagawa has surely earned himself a start on Wednesday night.
3. Christian Pulisic
The most exciting young prospect to come out of America since Freddy Adu (Freddy A-Who??), Pulisic has composure and ability that belies his nineteen years of age. Many a Bundesliga opponent has underestimated him, many have paid the price for doing so. With his pace and trickery, the man from Pennsylvania could give the Madrid full-backs a torrid time on Wednesday night.
4. Marc Bartra
Having spent his entire career at fierce rivals Barcelona until his move to Dortmund last year, Marc Bartra will be a familiar face to Real Madrid. Starved of regular first-team opportunities at the Catalan club, Bartra has looked increasingly assured at centre-back for Dortmund and has even contributed four goals so far this season. A fine performance on Wednesday night against his old rivals Real Madrid and Dortmund fans will be asking “Mats Who?”