UCL - Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

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2023/24 UEFA Champions League
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid
Wembley Stadium
London, England
Saturday, 1 June 2024
Kick-off is at 21h00  
Borussia Dortmund will have to dig deep to deny Real Madrid a record-extending 15th title when they lock horns in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday, June 1.
BVB overcame a star-studded Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals to reach the final for the first time since 2012-13 when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
Edin Terzic's side had also faced PSG in the group stages and emerged as Group F winners with a record of three wins, one draw and one loss.
Dortmund then knocked out PSV Eindhoven in the last 16 and overturned a 2-1 deficit to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals to win 5-4 on aggregate.
Terzic is aware that Los Blancos represents the biggest challenge of his career, but insists that BVB's record in the competition this season shows they have what it takes to come out on top.
"Real Madrid is the team that has won the Champions League 14 times. But we know that we've earned our way to the final," he told the club's official website.
"We respect the fact that a strong team with great experience now awaits us. But we also know that anything is possible in a game. And this is our chance. In a game, we are capable of beating any opponent."
Real are looking to continue their remarkable record on the European stage, having contested the final five times in the last decade and winning it on each occasion.
Carlo Ancelotti is bidding to lift the trophy for a third time with the Spanish giants following his triumphs in 2013-14 and 2021-22.
Ancelotti's side topped Group C with a perfect record, although their journey through the knockout stages has been less dominant.
The La Liga champions drew three of their last six matches and needed penalties to get past holders Manchester City in the quarter-finals before edging Bayern 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Ancelotti shrugged off the favourites tag and is wary of the threat posed by Dortmund, who are seeking the European crown for the second time in their history.
"It is a week to enjoy. The challenge, the opponent ... We're going to enjoy it until Friday. Reaching a final is always a success. We have a lot of confidence," the Italian said.
"As for being favourites, we don't think about that. We have to play against a team that has done very well in eliminating PSG ... Atletico Madrid. They have shown commitment and attitude."

Head-to-Head (Last Five UEFA Champions League Meetings)

Matches - 5
Dortmund wins - 1
Real Madrid wins - 2
Draws - 2

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Published: 05/31/2024