PREVIEW: Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid – including star players, kickoff time and how to watch Champions League final

The biggest game of the European club season will be played on Saturday night when Borussia Dortmund play Real Madrid at Wembley for the UEFA Champions League title.

Wembley will host the final for the first time since 2013 – the year in which Bayern Munich saw off die Schwarzgelben 2-1 thanks to a late Arjen Robben winner.

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Dortmund will want to avenge what happened 11 years ago by beating Real Madrid and lifting the Champions League for just the second time in their history.

However, they come against favourites Real Madrid, who will be looking to lift a record-breaking 15th Champions League trophy. The Spanish side will come into the final with better form, having won LaLiga by 10 points.

The key players

FromTheSpot has opted to highlight Marco Reus as the key player for Dortmund in what will be his final game for the club. The attacking midfielder has scored six goals this season while adding six assists in all competitions.

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The German international was there 11 years ago when Dortmund lost in the final against Bayern Munich, so he will know the pain of losing the final and will want to do all he can to bring the title back to Dortmund and the club’s fans.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid’s key player will be Jude Bellingham. The England international had a superb season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

This return for a midfielder, coupled with everything else he brings to the Spanish side, could be exactly what sets Real Madrid apart on Saturday. The 20-year-old has the chance to make history, and he will undoubtedly play a starring role if los Blancos do lay their hands on a fifteenth European crown.

What did the managers say?

Speaking ahead of the match on Friday, Edin Terzić stressed that “if we don’t just want to watch as they [Real Madrid] lift their next trophy, but rather give them a real game, then we have a chance.”

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti admitted that “success is so close that you start to worry,” given that his los Merengues side are on the brink of extending their existing record of 14 UEFA Champions League titles.

When does the match kick off?

Kick-off for the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium is scheduled for 20:00 BST [21:00 CEST] on Saturday, 1 June 2024.

How can I watch the UEFA Champions League final?

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League will be shown on TNT Sports in the United Kingdom. 

For all other countries, a complete list of streaming providers can be found on the UEFA website by clicking this link.

FromTheSpot will also provide extensive coverage of the buildup and the match itself on FromTheSpot.co.uk and our X account.


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