Borussia Dortmund will look to salvage some semblance of pride, and a spot in the Europa League, with a result against an already qualified Real Madrid in their final Champions League group H match.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 December 2017
Match Day 6
Kick-off: 21H45 local time
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Referee: P. Kralovec
Assistants: R. Slysko, I. Nádvorník
Fourth official: M. Wilczek
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Real Madrid 12 5 4 3
Borussia Dortmund 12 3 4 5
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid 26/09/17 (Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund goalscorers: P. Aubameyang (54')
Real Madrid goalscorers: G. Bale (18'), C. Ronaldo (49', 79')
Players to watch:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may struggle without his usual service, with some key ball players missing, meaning the striker will have to raise his usually excellent game to make an impact in this one.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have scored nine goals between in the last nine games against the German side and, should they both play, may well want to add to that impressive tally.
Team form and manager quotes:
Dortmund come into this match in third place in Group H behind Tottenham and Real Madrid, with just two points and with progression to the knockout round beyond them
Peter Bosz's side can still qualify for the Europa League though, but may need some points against Real Madrid if APOEL pick up points in their game with Tottenham, with both Dortmund and APOEL on two, although the German side have a better goal difference.
But they come into this game in poor form, without a win in their last four matches, losing to Stuttgart and Tottenham, ahead of draws with Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen, and in sixth place on the Bundesliga standings, ten points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
They also have a raft of injuries, with Bosz uncertain as to where his side's goals will come from now.
He said: "It will not be Marco Reus. But we need a win – even at Real Madrid."
With qualification already secured in second place, Real Madrid may look to rest some players for this tie, with a focus on improving their La Liga standings.
In fourth place, on 28 points, Zinedine Zidane's side are eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona, and come into this game on the back of two draws, to Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey (although they progress 4-2 on aggregate) and Athletic Club in the league.
Zidane said: "We know they've got a lot to play for. We've already qualified but we're focused on giving a good performance. We won't consider our opponent's position, we'll only be looking at ourselves, and that means playing a good match”.
“I think my team look in good shape but it's true we have to score more goals. The situation is not ideal in LaLiga because we're eight points behind and that's for a reason, but I'm relaxed about it because I'm sure that's going to change. We're playing ok and I don't care what people are saying on the outside".
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 5, 2017
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Castro has been ruled out for several weeks with a tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his ankle. Maximilian Philipp is also out with a serious injury to a kneecap.
Mario Götze is out with ankle ligament damage and Marco Reus won't be rushed back from a knee injury.
Real Madrid will be without the suspended Dani Carvajal while Gareth Bale is injured, and the likes of Luca Modric may well be rested for this tie.