Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinals tie. The Spanish side won the first leg 3-0 last Wednesday and are in pole position to advance. BVB, meanwhile, are struck with a blight of injuries and suspensions and face a mission impossible.
As Jurgen Klopp prepares his plans for Dortmund's upcoming task, here is his most probable starting XI in full:
Goalkeeper: Roman Weidenfeller
Roman Weidenfeller was given a rest on Saturday as Mitchell Langerak stood in for the veteran goalkeeper. The vice-captain had a great game against Madrid last week, even though he had to pick the ball out of his own net three times. He'll hope to have as good of a performance while conceding fewer goals on Tuesday.
Right-Back: Lukasz Piszczek
Lukasz Piszczek is sure to get the nod as Klopp's first-choice right-back on Tuesday. The Polish defender has rotated with Kevin Grosskreutz on occasion, but Klopp will likely use both on the wing in an attempt to contain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Centre-Back: Sokratis Papastathopoulos
The only long-term, consistent starter for BVB all season long, Sokratis will get the nod to play in defense thanks to a nasty injury to established center-back Neven Subotic. The Greek center-back has deputized well thus far, but will need a truly top-class performance if he is to keep Real off the scoresheet in the second leg.
Centre-Back: Mats Hummels
Dortmund's defensive stalwart and only world-class option behind the front six, Mats Hummels is set to start against Real in central defense. The 25-year-old is brilliant at his best and BVB will need nothing less than 100 percent from Hummels if they are to stand any chance of advancing to the next round of the Champions League.
Left-Back: Erik Durm
With Marcel Schmelzer out injured for the immediate future, Erik Durm has been and remains the most likely deputy. The 21-year-old was given a rest from the start of BVB's recent match with Wolfsburg, and will be fresh and fit to play against Real.
Defensive Midfield: Milos Jojic
With Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender injured and Sebastian Kehl suspended, Klopp has very few options left to partner Nuri Sahin in defensive midfield. His choice is between the veteran Oliver Kirch, who has barely played this season, and new signing Milos Jojic. The Serbian midfielder was given his longest outing of the season over the weekend, a 45-minute substitute's appearance, and he impressed. He will more likely than not get the nod to start alongside Sahin.
Defensive Midfield: Nuri Sahin
With Dortmund so short of depth in defensive midfield, Nuri Sahin is a certain starter. The Turkey international has started every big game for BVB this season and was rested for the second half of the Wolfsburg match on Saturday.
Right Wing: Kevin Grosskreutz
The starting spot on the right wing is perhaps the most heavily contested spot in Klopp's XI at the moment, but Kevin Grosskreutz should get the nod over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international is a great finisher and is extremely quick, but Grosskreutz adds defensive qualities that will be invaluable in keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at bay.
Centre-Attacking Midfield: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
It's been a tough first season in Dortmund for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who struggled especially against Real a week ago. But the Armenia international remains Klopp's only option in the playmaker position and is likely to start. Even if qualification for the semifinals is out of BVB's reach, Mkhitaryan will hope to obtain at least some personal redemption.
Left Wing: Marco Reus
Along with Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus is one of two superstar attackers in the BVB ranks. The 24-year-old netted a hattrick in the Bundesliga two weeks ago and scored and assisted in the Ruhr side's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg last weekend. If BVB are to score against Real, he is certainly the most likely source of inspiration.
Centre-Forward: Robert Lewandowski
Prolific striker Robert Lewandowski was suspended for the first leg of the Real clash, but he will return to action for the second. He faces an enormous task as BVB look to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but the Poland international put four past the Spanish giants last year. The same performance and a clean sheet would see Dortmund through to an improbable semifinals berth.
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