Real Madrid needs to shake off its abysmal away form in Germany when it faces Borussia Dortmund, with Manchester City and Ajax knowing any slipup could see either missing out on the knockout stages from the Champions League's toughest group.
Madrid won its opening pair of Group D matches but travels to Dortmund with only one victory in 23 games in Germany against German opponents. The Spanish team has lost 16 of those with the lone victory coming at Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.
Dortmund, which hasn't beaten Spanish opposition at home in five games, has struggled since surrendering a late goal at City to provide the English champions with their only point of the competition so far.
Madrid, which has six points, can take control of Group D with an away win. Dortmund is next with four points, while City has one and Ajax is last with none.
Madrid's limp defense certainly won't help as the Spanish champions are without injured defenders Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao. Madrid...