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Borussia Dortmund predicted lineup for Champions League final 2023-24 against Real Madrid

Published at :May 31, 2024 at 2:14 PM
Modified at :May 31, 2024 at 2:14 PM
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This will be Marco Reus’ last game for BVB

The UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid promises to be a thrilling tactical showdown at Wembley on Saturday. Dortmund have made their way to this stage of the tournament after frustrating and upsetting top teams.

Edin Terzic’s squad secured their grand finale spot after giving Paris Saint-Germain the run-in for their money in the semi-finals. Now, Terzic faces the challenge of fielding his best XI. Here’s how Dortmund could lineup at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund’s predicted lineup (Formation: 4-2-3-1)

Gregor Kobel (Goalkeeper)

Dortmund’s custodian, Gregor Kobel’s agility and reflexes have often been compared to Swiss no. 1 Sommer. His shot-stopping during one-on-one skills make him a top keeper. Recently extending his contract with the club, he is ready to make his mark for the Black and Yellow Army.

Julian Ryerson (Right Back)

Julian Ryerson was signed in January as the winter signing from Union Berlin. Since then, he has exceeded the expectations of fans and the boss. Initially expected to be a backup, he gained Terzic’s trust with his energy and commitment, defensively and while attacking. Ryerson has become a key player for Dortmund.

Mats Hummels (Centre-Back)

Mats Hummels‘ rock-solid defence has been key to Dortmund’s Champions League revival. His future is uncertain, but BVB will surely want to keep him if he maintains this form. A world-class defender, Hummels leverages his massive build, tactical knowledge, and aerial prowess to dominate the attackers.

Nico Schlotterbeck (Centre-Back)

Having joined Dortmund last year, Nico Schlotterbeck has become a key part of the squad. He has surprised everyone with his attacking contributions. Despite being a defender, he has scored 6 goals and has provided 8 assists in 81 games for BVB. Former Bayern Munich and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann also hailed Schlotterbeck’s ball-playing abilities.

Ian Maatsen (Left Back)

Ian Maatsen’s loan to Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea has been fruitful, with the Dutch defender quickly securing the left-back position and starting 18 games under Edin Terzic. He only missed the game where got a suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season during the team’s 4-1 defeat against RB Leipzig.

Emre Can (Defensive Midfielder)

Ex-Liverpool player, Emre Can has excellent technical skills, and his 6-foot build gives him an edge over his opponents in the air. In addition, he possesses a deep understanding of the game, a rare trait among players of his calibre. As a skipper of Dortmund, Can is now showcasing his leadership attributes.

Marcel Sabitzer (Defensive Midfielder)

Marcel Sabitzer quickly joined Dortmund without much fanfare. Despite being heavily criticised, he’s seamlessly integrated into the team. Sabitzer’s ball progression and shooting accuracy from the centre of the pitch have been highly regarded this season. He has 15 G/A for the Black and Yellows this term – 6 goals & 9 assists. He has also provided 5 of these 9 assists in the Champions League.

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Jadon Sancho (Left Midfielder)

Manchester United loanee Jadon Sancho has been crucial for Borussia Dortmund in 2024. His return to the German side has taken them to the UCL final. Having been an exciting talent for Dortmund, Sancho returned after a fallout with United manager Erik ten Hag, aiming to rejuvenate his career. Since then he has scored 3 goals and has provided 2 assists, but his contributions have extended beyond these numbers.

Julian Brandt (Attacking Midfielder)

Julian Brandt has been the unsung hero for BVB this season. He has played a vital role in the team’s impressive European campaign. In addition to scoring 8 goals for the team this season, he has also contributed 12 assists – across all competitions. His dribbling skills and shooting prowess in the final third have made him an invaluable member of the team.

Karim Adeyemi (Right Midfielder)

Karim Adeyemi is a star who left Bayern after blooming in the Allianz academy, to join forces with the rivals in Dortmund. The 22-year-old got going since Sancho left for United on a permanent move. Without letting the Englishman’s absence felt. Adeyemi has been on fire this season. His bursting runs and quick feet have been on show in the 7 G/A he has contributed.

Niclas Fullkrug (Striker)

31-year-old Niclas Fullkrug is excelling for the Black and Yellows. With 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this season, he’s shouldering the responsibility effectively, making age look like a number! He has been Terzic’s go-to goalscoring option.

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