BVB were outplayed in last week's quarter-final first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but they have not entirely given up hope of progressing to the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition for the second season running.
Hopes pinned on Lewandowski
To help their cause, Dortmund have leading scorer Robert Lewandowski back at their disposal following suspension. "I was sad that I could not play in Madrid," he admitted. "I saw the first leg at home and was almost more nervous than when on the pitch. It was very difficult for me and I hope I never have to miss a game like that again."
The Polish international became the first and only player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final when he performed the selfsame feat last year - against Real - but he's not expecting lighting to strike twice at the Signal Iduna Park. "Anyone who thinks we should be able to score four against them is mad, but we will try," Lewandowski continued. "We're always dangerous in Dortmund and we have a slight chance."
Entertainment the aim
Taking their status as rank outsiders on the chin, Dortmund's primary remit has instead become one of making amends for last week's uncharacteristic collapse. "We've got to try to win and show the fans a passionate Borussia Dortmund first and foremost," explained head coach Jürgen Klopp. "We know we're not entitled to dream of a miracle, but we are entitled to give it all we've got."
For their part, Madrid already know that last week's game was an anomaly, and they are not expecting to breeze through to a fourth consecutive Champions League semi-final. Gareth Bale, whose early goal set the tone in Spain, has warned how different it is going to be with Lewandowski back. "He's a great player and has been showing that over the last few years," he said. "We'll have to defend well and I hope we're at our best."
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Hummels, Durm - Jojic, Sahin - Großkreutz, Mkhitaryan, Reus - Lewandowski
Real Madrid: Casillas - Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao - Modric, Xabi Alonso, di Maria - Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo