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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is confident his men can pull off a fairytale victory over Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final tie.
BVB have not exactly pulled up any trees domestically this term and sit 23 points behind champions Bayern Munich having lost seven times in the Bundesliga.
But they are still alive and kicking in Europe’s elite club competition and face the Spanish giants in the first leg of their last-eight clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.
Real are massive favourites to win in midweek and can be backed at 1.36 to take a first-leg lead to the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday, April 8, with Dortmund on offer at 7.78.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still involved in a three-way title race in La Liga and will go into this week’s European clash full of confidence after a 5-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.
But Dortmund pulled off a 3-2 triumph over Stuttgart on Saturday and have won four of their last six Bundesliga games.
And Klopp, while admitting that his men face a huge task to get past the nine-time European champions, is adamant the Germans are capable of upsetting the odds and reaching the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
“There is no doubt we are the underdog of the tie – the Cinderella,” he said. “But I always say we do not need to be the best team in the world, we just need to be able to beat the best team in the world in a direct contest.
“And Dortmund can beat the best. That is the most important thing for me. We will have a chance and we can take it.”