Essien Starts For Real Madrid In Crucial Champions League Game Against Dortmund

Posted On Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Michael Essien starts for Real Madrid against Dortmund

Michael Essien starts for Real Madrid against Dortmund

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is in Real Madrid’s starting lineup for their second-leg Champions League semi final game against Borussia Dortmund.

The on-loan Chelsea player starts at right-back as the Spanish champions make an audacious attempt to overturn a 4-1 deficit suffered in the first leg.

Essien forms part of a four-man defensive wall manager Jose Mourinho hopes to keep the marauding Germans at bay.

Cristiano Ronaldo forms part of a three-prone attack with Argentine striker Higuan at the top and Angel Di Maria in support.

They will enjoy midfield support from Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil with Diego Lopez in post.

Madrid’s starting lineup:

Diego Lopez, Essien, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Contrao, Alonso, Modric, Ozil, Ronaldo, Di Maria and Higuain.