Having established a 4-1 win from the first leg, thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s phenomenal four-goal salvo, Real Madrid CF would have to re-write the Champions League history books to reach Wembley themselves, but caution is the key for the out-going Bundesliga champions.
"We have got ourselves into a good position, with maybe a little more than a 50 percent chance to clinch this historic spot in the final, but things still could go wrong as they [Real] are world class," said BVB chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke. "They will give us a run for our money, that's for sure!"
The players also know that their place in the competition's showcase finale is far from assured. "I know that a lot of things can happen," said Poland international midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski. "Before the first leg we wouldn't have dreamed of beating Real 4-1. Of course it's a big advantage, but Real have a lot of potential in their team and we need to stay alert. But that's one of our strengths, and we will show it again in Madrid."
Only once have a club overturned a 4-1 first-leg deficit to progress, with AC Milan knocked out by RC Deportivo La Coruna in the 2003/04 quarter-finals despite having chalked up a 4-1 victory at the San Siro. However, if anybody can take a leaf out of Deportivo’s book, then it is Real, who have already won nine home games this season by a scoreline which would see them through on Wednesday night.
And with an average of three goals scored in each of their 26 outings at the Santiago Bernabeu, there is still belief in the Remontada, comeback, in Spain’s capital. “We’re desperate for revenge,” said captain Sergio Ramos. “We’ve learnt from our mistakes in the first leg and cannot wait for the game to start.”
History in the making
No matter what happens, it will be the end of the road for either Real or Dortmund on Wednesday night. One of Europe’s greatest sides’ dreams will be shattered, be it after 90 or 120 minutes, or even, like in last season’s semi-final between Real and FC Bayern Munich, after a penalty shoot-out. And Real coach Jose Mourinho appears to be already prepared for that disappointment.
“It’s not only this way at Real Madrid, but also at every club in the world: we are all responsible for success, yet the coach is to blame for defeat. And if we don’t reach the final, it is my fault,” he said. A remark which may sound like an adios on a personal level was swiftly followed by a compliment for the side who could well seal his departure. “I said from the very beginning that Dortmund are a candidate for the title.”
They have proven that in a phenomenal Champions League campaign which is building up to a mouth-watering climax. "Tomorrow, something historic is going to happen," said coach Jürgen Klopp. A moment millions of people around the globe cannot wait to witness.
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez - Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao - Khedira, Xabi Alonso - di Maria, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo - Higuain
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Bender - Blaszczykowski, Götze, Reus - Lewandowski