MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Despite letting in four goals in game one, Diego López is expected to start in goal for Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Targeted striker Robert Lewandowksi scored all four goals in Borussia Dortmund’s shocking 4-1 victory in the first leg last week put the German side in the driver’s seat to make the final.
López, who has been the first-choice goalkeeper for manager Jose Mourinho since his move in January, conceded all four goals last Wednesday night, but is well set to keep his place ahead of Iker Casillas.
Meanwhile, unlike in Dortmund last week when he announced his team a day early, Mourinho decided to keep his starting sheet private.
It is a no brainer though that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are players who will more than likely start.
“In Dortmund the team was obvious, except for the problem with Di Maria. It was a no brainer and everyone knew what it would be,” Mourinho said.
“Tomorrow the situation is different and we could play with certain people that we do not normally play with and with an unusual system. So I will not say anything.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is fine to play. Arbeloa and Marcelo are injured and the rest are available.”
Speaking ahead of the clash and down 4-1, the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss said: “It is a 90 minute match and we are losing 1-4. We have 90 minutes to play and in football it is possible.
“The way we played in Dortmund was too poor for us to think that we could play a similar match and have a chance to turn things around. Today I read comments from a person that is huge in the football world and they were talking about the possibility of doing things outside the rules and within the rules on the field.
“My team only plays within the rules and we are so pure and innocent that Lewandowski scored four goals and did not foul him once.
“You have to play with mental aggressiveness, not physical, and desire. Saturday’s match at the Calderon was an example of a compact, united, aggressive team and 11 players working towards the objective.”
The Bundesliga side is favourite to go through.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund – at 1:45pm
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PLAYERS CALLED UP BY REAL MADRID
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adán, Diego López.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Carvalho, Albiol, Nacho.
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaká, Özil, Xabi Alonso, Essien, Modric, Callejón, Di María.
Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín, Morata.