[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Real Madrid can take solace from the fact its 4-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund is not as bad as Barcelona's 4-0 deficit it must make up on Wednesday against Bayern Munich and that Real has come back from three goals down before in Europe.
It recovered from a 4-1 loss at Derby County in 1975 featuring three goals from Charlie George -- the last hat trick it has given up in the European Cup until Robert Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund last Wednesday -- to win 5-1 in the second round of what was then a straight knockout competition.
"The Bernabeu, if you light the match, burns everything," said Santillana, whose goal won the Derby series in overtime, of the Madrid stadium.
Still, Real Madrid is a decided underdog in large part because of its defensive frailties. It has allowed 18 goals in this season's Champions League -- the most of any team in the final four -- and it has recorded only one shutout.
“I feel this is the most important match in 10 years for Real Madrid,” said Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
What he doesn't say is that it is his last season with Real Madrid. He is likely to return to Chelsea next season and be replaced at Real Madrid by Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the current coach of Paris St. Germain.