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Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: A Tactical Analysis Before the Champions League Final

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As the final of the UEFA Champions League UEFA Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, both teams are preparing to showcase their strengths and meet their challenges in what promises to be a tactical clash.

Dortmund's defensive strength

Borussia Dortmund come into the final with a formidable defensive record, as demonstrated in their last match against Paris Saint-Germain in the semifinals. Led by goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, Dortmund's defense has found solidity with key figures such as Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck in excellent form.

Their defensive success is based on an aggressive team strategy that emphasizes compactness and disciplined positioning. This cohesion at the back represents a significant obstacle for Real Madrid should Dortmund replicate their defensive resilience in the final.

The key role of Dortmund's wingers

Dortmund's offensive capabilities rely heavily on the dynamic duo of Jadon Sancho and Karim Adeyemi. Known for their electrifying speed and disruptive abilities, these wingers are central to Dortmund's offensive strategy.

Real Madrid's defensive integrity will depend largely on its ability to neutralize the threat posed by Sancho and Adeyemi, especially in handling counterattacking opportunities generated by Madrid's high defensive line.

Offensively, Borussia Dortmund present a diverse threat with Niclas Füllkrug leading the way as the top scorer in the Champions League this season.

Unlike Real Madrid, who rely on a smaller number of strikers, Dortmund have distributed the responsibility of scoring goals among 12 different players, showing their collective depth in attack.

However, Dortmund face the challenge of maintaining their offensive effectiveness without a dominant goal-scoring figure against a resilient Real Madrid defense.

Dortmund's defensive stability and versatile attacking options contrast with Real Madrid's experience and midfield pedigree. The outcome of the final could depend on which team successfully executes its game plan on the grand stage of European soccer's most prestigious competition.

Real Madrid's Goalkeeping Dilemma

Real Madrid, on the other hand, face a crucial decision regarding their goalkeeper. The dilemma revolves around choosing between Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois.

Despite recent injury concerns, Courtois remains the preferred option due to his vast experience and past performances in high-level finals.

However, Andriy Lunin's consistent form throughout the season presents a compelling argument for his inclusion, raising questions about the balance between experience and current form in such a crucial position.

Real Madrid's strength traditionally lies in their midfield, although they face challenges ahead of the final. The possible absence of Aurelién Tchouaméni could upset the balance of their midfield.

However, players like Toni Kroos continue to exert influence, despite Kroos' impending retirement announcement. The emergence of Jude Bellingham as a standout player adds another layer of dynamism to Madrid's midfield, especially given his crucial role in their run to the final.

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