It is part two of the dream Champions League semi-final line-up on Wednesday and after Bayern Munich made it Germany 1-0 Spain with their superb dismantling of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid bidding to do their bit for the burgeoning reputation of the Bundesliga.
If the match at the Allianz lived up to its billing in terms of drama, stature and the quality of the home side (if not in its competitive nature), then the first leg at the Westfalenstadion promises to be just as thrilling, but, one would imagine, a much closer affair.
Madrid travel to Germany with both teams way behind in their domestic leagues, meaning that they have both eyes firmly on ol’ Big Ears.
For both Jose Mourinho and his club, history awaits: the Special One can prove how special he is by becoming the first man to win the Champions League with a third different club, while Real Madrid can win a record tenth European Cup, 11 years after their last triumph.
Yet for Jurgen Klopp, this could be his ‘Mourinho moment’. For Porto 2004, read Dortmund 2013 and Klopp could cement his reputation as the most promising young coach in Europe if he can somehow get the better of his big-spending rivals.
There seems to be a school of thought that Dortmund are somehow the new kids on the block at European level, and that their current level of success (consecutive Bundesliga titles, the last one completed with a domestic cup) is, if not a flash in the pan, then something of a novelty.
But that ignores the fact that Dortmund were Champions League winners in 1997 (Paul Lambert and Karl-Heinz Riedle were both part of that squad) and ‘all’ Klopp has done is brilliantly resurrect a great football club.
Klopp has been a revelation, and although Dortmund’s big night has been overshadowed by the announcement that star player Mario Gotze is on his way to Bayern in the summer, Klopp told his press conference on several occasions to put that to one side and implored the 80,000-strong crowd to help his team – and I think the famous Yellow Wall can roar them on to a famous victory.
Betting against Madrid (and Mourinho) in this tournament is not lightly done, but at 8/5 Dortmund are worth a go, compared to the 13/5 about the draw or the 29/20 on Real.
After a poor first attempt in the Champions League in 2011/12, Dortmund have been excellent this year and are the only unbeaten team left in the competition.
In fact, they took four points off Madrid in the group stages thanks to a win in Germany and a draw at the Bernabeu and I think that is a good signpost for what could happen on Wednesday.
Dortmund have been excellent at home this year, winning all five of their games in the Champions League, and the way they scored twice in injury time to get the better of Malaga in the last round sums up their carefree attacking philosophy.
But it isn’t just in the Champions League that Dortmund have excelled at the Westfalenstadion; Klopp’s side have won nine of their last ten home matches and come into the tie in great form generally, with eight wins and a draw in their last ten fixtures home and away.
And despite their prowess on the counter attack, when they can be devastating, Madrid have not been great on the road this season.
Los Blancos have won just half of their 16 La Liga trips, while they have lost at Dortmund and Galatasaray and drawn at Manchester City in Europe this season.
And let’s be honest, they were well on their way to losing at Manchester United until Nani raised an ill-advised foot and the referee raised an equally ill-advised red card.
Real have kept just three clean sheets in their last 18 away games in all competitions and just one in their last nine, and Dortmund, who have scored in all but one of their 23 home games this season, can definitely find the net.
And with 32 goals in their last ten home fixtures, I’ll have a go on the 8/5 that they outshoot Real Madrid and take a lead to Spain next week.