'Big ask' for Borussia Dortmund to get past Real Madrid after Bernabeu defeat, says Alan McInally
Last Updated: 03/04/14 9:50am
Alan McInally says Real Madrid's 3-0 win at the Bernabeu 'almost kills' Borussia Dortmund's chances of making the Champions League semi-finals.
Even if Jurgen Klopp's side repeat their heroics of last May's 4-1 home semi-final win over Madrid, it would not be enough to get past the La Liga side and McInally says the third goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo - who has now equalled Lionel Messi's record of 14 goals in a single Champions League campaign - could be the nail in the coffin for last year's finalists.
"It can be an intimidating place Borussia Dortmund but Real Madrid scored three goals and they didn’t score any," said the former Bayern Munich forward.
"They were close to getting that elusive away goal but that third goal almost kills them, to be honest.
"At one point you feared it was going to be 4-0 or 5-0 because Real Madrid can do that to you and I think once they got that third one, psychologically, they were thinking ‘that’s a good one for us’.
"If you look at the last half-an-hour Dortmund had some great chances, Pepe and Ramos were throwing themselves all over the places for blocks, it just would not fall for someone.
"[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang had an unbelievable chance and should have hit the target; it was almost a little unconvincing from Dortmund at times.
They’ll think themselves unlucky they didn't score in the second half, but that third goal from Ronaldo might have just put the nail in the coffin.
"They’ll think themselves unlucky they didn’t score in the second half, but that third goal from Ronaldo might have just put the nail in the coffin."
Dortmund are certainly not the same side that lit up last's year's competition and only four of the 11 starters at Wembley last May were involved in Madrid on Wedesday night; there's a long list of injuries, the soon-to-be-departed Robert Lewandowski was suspended and midfield dynamo Mario Gotze would have been watching from Munich after joining the champions Bayern after the 2013 final.
These key absentees left Dortmund open to be picked apart by Madrid, but McInally believes Dortmund will give it a good go in the return leg next week despite the 'big ask' that's in front of them.
He said: "Dortmund gave the ball away too much which they don’t normally do.
"Three-nil is better than 4-0 because it looked at one point like it might have been beyond them. They’ve got to get the first goal obviously and then it will be an 80,000 screaming mad house at the Westfalen.
"Remember, psychologically, if they do score first and they’ll have Lewandowski back and hopefully maybe a couple of others, they will remember they did get four goals put against them before.
"It’s a big ask against one of the favourites of the competition. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will be to overly unhappy; he’ll be unhappy with the result because it’s a big ask but in terms of who’s available for them and what was last year he’ll know he can push.
"Everyone knows that Lewandowski is going, they lost Gotze last year and Gundogan, Subotic and Blaszczykowski are huge, huge players and would normally be on the starting team sheet for Dortmund. It’s like saying no Pepe, no Ronaldo and no Modric – that’s the difference without them. Klopp's got problems in terms of who’s available for them.
"They’re not completely out of it but it’s a big ask, Real Madrid have never been beaten after having a 3-0 lead."