Real Madrid are set to face Borussia Dortmund in matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage.
The European champions are already through to the knockout stages and even with an emphatic win vs Dortmund, can only finish in second place due to an inferior head-to-head record with Tottenham.
This fixture can present an opportunity for a few lesser members of Madrid’s squad to play as they have a crucial game vs Sevilla on Saturday; who are level on points with them in La Liga.
Dortmund enter this match without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions and will have likely accepted their fate of Europa league football; after being on only two points in the group stage after five games.
As pressure mounts on BVB coach Peter Bosz, a successful Europa league campaign could be the silver lining to their disappointing Champions League performances as their chances of a European trophy will rise.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to continue his fine goal scoring form in the Champions League as he aims to add to his tally of eight goals from five games.
Madrid head coach Zidane has defended his star man’s lack of goals so far this season by saying: “we are halfway through the season, that’s a long time for Cristiano”.
As often is the case, Dortmund will be looking to their talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to step in with the goals, the Gabon international will have another opportunity to showcase his abilities against his long-desired club.