Real Madrid come face to face with German champions Borussia Dortmund in their next encounter of the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on match day four of the competition and having suffered a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture in Dortmund, Jose Mourinho and his men will be looking to salvage some revenge as well as consolidate their position in the group table.
Real started the competition in blistering fashion, registering two consecutive wins against Manchester City at home and Ajax Amsterdam in Holland but the hoodoo of not winning on German soil struck again as they came undone against Jurgen Klopp’s men a couple of weeks back. Mourinho looked absolutely disgusted with the way his boys performed on that night in Dortmund and he will be looking for a response from the players as well.
Since that defeat to Dortmund two weeks back, Real have won two consecutive games in the Spanish league quite comfortably and what will give the Madrid manager more pleasure is that the side did not require star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to save them this week in the league as they ran out comfortable winners.
Mourinho has been brought to the Bernabeu because of his pedigree and record of winning the UEFA Champions League, which he had done twice, once with the highly unfancied Portuguese club FC Porto and then again with Inter Milan, and president Florentino Perez will at least want his manager to take them close to lifting the trophy which they have won a record nine times, but not once since 2001 and the original Galacticos days.
With Barcelona going all guns blazing in the domestic league, it will be very difficult for Real to catch up with their arch rivals even at this early stage of the season and as a result, Mourinho will want his boys to at least get to the latter stages of the prestigious European competition.
However, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City still to be played, nothing can be taken for granted and Real might yet be knocked out of the tournament in the first round. However, when Jose Mourinho is the manager of a side, there is always a chance that things will slowly get better and millions of Madrid fans will be hoping things start to get better with the match against the German champions Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu.