There will be one seat empty in the EW1909 team airbus when it departs from the "Ruhr Runway" in a few minutes and heads towards Madrid. The Black and Yellows are without Mario Götze, who is suffering from a minor injury, for their final UEFA Champions League group game on Wednesday.

Götze is not travelling to Madrid due to a minor knee complaint. However, the medical department did not entirely rule out the midfielder's involvement when BVB travel to Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Borussia are heading to Spain with the goal of picking up at least a point in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and thus finishing as group winners. "That would top off this outstanding opening round in the Champions League," said Sporting Director Michael Zorc prior to departure, adding: "It would be the icing on the cake." (br)