Ozil expects three points
Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil says that home advantage will help his team overcome Borussia Dortmund and return to the top of Champions League Group D after Tuesday night's clash at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid are currently second in the group, a point behind Dortmund, and both teams are favoured to progress given Manchester City's struggles.
A victory for Madrid would see them regain the lead in the group and, although they were defeated 2-1 when they played at Dortmund last month, Germany international Ozil is confident of turning that result around on home soil.
"Our goal is to win the match," Ozil said. "(In) Dortmund we had some trouble, but now we will be playing at the Santiago Bernabeu and we want to win. It will be a tough match, but we will be playing at home and before our fans. If we put into practice what the coach has told us, we will certainly win the three points. We will just go out to get those three points."
Ozil, who began his career with Dortmund's local rivals Schalke, said he was not underestimating the German champions, and pointed to two of his international team-mates as potential threats.
"Mario Gotze and Marco Reus are top players," he said. "We know this is a professional team in the whole sense of the word and that it will be a tough match."
Ozil, 24, said both he and his team were returning to their best form after a difficult start to the season.
"It is true that we did not start off very well and we lost some points, but now we have regained our self-confidence and we are back on track," he said. "I am not fully satisfied with my own performance, but we are all human and I intend to keep on improving."
While not betraying any training-ground secrets ahead of the game, Ozil praised Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
"Mourinho is a top, world-class coach and he is always eager for success," he said. "He is very close to the players. He is amongst the best coaches in the world and he has won a lot. He trains us to perform at our 100%, but I will not disclose the tactics."
Dortmund could welcome back Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl for the trip to the Bernabeu.
Defensive midfielder Bender made the flight to Madrid after two weeks on the sidelines with a calf strain and coach Jurgen Klopp said: "Manni has trained with the team yesterday, but it was the first time in 14 days."
Kehl, who fractured his nose against Stuttgart at the weekend, could wear a face mask for the encounter, although Klopp added: "Let's see how well he can see through those holes."
Madrid could have selection issues of their own, with Sami Khedira missing the match through injury, but Klopp does not believe his absence represents an opportunity for the visitors.
"He will only be replaced by Luka Modric," Klopp said. "Real have technically adept players in every position. To think about who will play in defensive midfield makes no sense at all. We have great respect for every player in the squad."
Dortmund's excellent start to their European campaign led Mourinho to suggest they could replicate their 1997 triumph in the competition, although Klopp said he was only thinking about winning in Madrid for now.
"I am surprised," he said, "but, really, we have not been thinking about it. We want to achieve more concrete goals first. Not a lot of German teams have won in Madrid."
More precisely, it is only Bayern Munich - Madrid's "Bestia Negra" - who have done so, in 2000 and 2001, and Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is under no illusions about the scale of their task.
"It is the biggest challenge we have been presented with far," Hummels said. "I have not been in that stadium, not as a player and not as a fan. Like all the others, I am extremely excited about this match, and we hope it's going to be a lasting memory."