Having reviewed tapes of Real Madrid CF’s semi-final exit to Borussia Dortmund in last season’s UEFA Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti hopes his side are ready to make amends as they meet in the 2013/14 quarter-finals, while Jürgen Klopp has asked his team to “play our game and keep our heads up”.
The sides met four times in 2012/13. In the group stage Dortmund won 2-1 at home and drew 2-2 away; in the semi-finals BVB prevailed 4-1 at home and held on in Madrid after falling 2-0 behind in the last seven minutes to Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos goals.
Carlo Ancelotti, coach
We have done well in the competition up until now, we are one of only two teams unbeaten. We are 100% ready for this match.
Dortmund are missing Robert Lewandowski which is an important loss for them. They are a compact team and have excellent transition play [from defence to attack]. They have injuries but that won’t change their style. I admire their coach a lot. He has done a fantastic job there. He got to the final of the Champions League last season which is a big achievement for any coach.
I watched [Madrid's semi-final] against Dortmund from last season. They were strange matches. I thought that in the first leg Madrid had good control in the first half. The second half was incredible. In the UEFA Champions League, things like that can happen.
Jürgen Klopp, coach
I’m not a magician but we have had to get over much adversity this season. I have very good players and my duty is to make them better; so far we’ve done that very well. Our players that don’t feature in every game are going to grow up in this match.
Real Madrid are more flexible now. The speed of their game is amazing. Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern are the best. We have to keep on evolving. Last year we were a barrier for Madrid and we are going to try to do that again.