Real Madrid had never won in any of their six previous trips to Borussia Dortmund but they broke that hoodoo in superb style last night.
Gareth Bale’s superb volley and Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace secured a 3-1 win as Zinedine Zidane’s side showed just why many are tipping them to make it a hat-trick of Champions League titles.
Dortmund were no easy match. Peter Bosz’s side currently sit top of the Bundesliga with five wins from six matches and possess an in-form attacking duo in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp.
But they simply couldn’t compete against the ruthless Real.
Zidane was full of praise for his players after they made it two wins from two in this season’s competition.
"We played a great game from start to finish. We could have scored more. We had chances," Zidane said, per Sky Sports.
"We had a spectacular game, a brilliant game. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that.
"I am delighted for Ronaldo and Bale. The side worked hard. The midfield worked very hard. I am extremely happy because they played a tremendous game."
But special credit is owed to Zidane for devising a gameplan that neutered Dortmund’s press.
By pushing both full-backs, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal, forward, Madrid were able to capitalise on Dortmund’s attempts to push forward by playing long balls to either flank.
Bale and Ronaldo also played their part, dropping deep at times to provide an option from defence.
Zidane possessed the perfect quartet of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Isco, all as intelligent as they are talented, to pull of his plan.
And when Ronaldo and Bale are on top of their game, Los Blancos are always going to be tough to stop.
Watch: Tactical video shows how Madrid beat BVB
Zinedine’s tactical masterclass is explored in great detail by Om Arvind on YouTube. Check it out below.
It will take a similar level of performance to overcome Tottenham Hotspur next month.
Spurs are level on points with Real in Group H following their 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.
The next two meetings - Real host Tottenham on October 17 before travelling to Wembley Stadium on November 1 - will surely decide which team finishes in first place in the group.
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