Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich host La Liga pacesetters Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 12 April 2017
Kick-off: 20H45 (GMT+2)
Venue: Allianz Arena
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Assistants: Riccardo Di Fiore, Filippo Meli
Fourth official: Elenito Di Liberatore
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Bayern Munch 14 7 1 6
Real Madrid 14 6 1 7
Bayern Munich 0-1 Real Madrid 04/08/16 (International Champions Cup)
Real Madrid goalscorers: Danilo (79′)
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 11, 2017
Players to watch:
Striker Robert Lewandowski has carried a heavy burden throughout the Champions League in terms of scoring goals for Bayern. The Pole has netted seven times in only eight appearances.
Karim Benzema has been Real’s top scorer in the competition this season, netting five times and providing one assist, while Alvaro Morata has chipped in with three goals.
Team form and manager quotes:
Die Roten come into the clash on the back of a 4-1 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday, and have only lost once in their last 22 games across all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men thrashed Arsenal in the last-16 stage of the Champions League to reach the quarter-finals. The Bundesliga outfit won 10-2 on aggregate, with 5-1 results in both legs.
— Philipp Lahm (@philipplahm) April 11, 2017
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was full of praise for Ancelotti ahead of the Real clash.
“He has a beautiful memory in winning the Champions League in Lisbon (with Real against Atletico Madrid) but he has been thinking about this game for some time now and wants to win it at all costs,” he said.
“It will be a very difficult quarter-final for us. We will have to deliver two super games to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals. If there is anyone capable of eliminating the defending champions then maybe it is us.”
Los Blancos are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, winning seven, but their last outing saw them held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane’s charges eased past Napoli in the last 16, winning both legs 3-1 for a 6-2 aggregate victory that set up the tie with Bayern.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 11, 2017
Real midfielder Toni Kroos said “They will be two fantastic games. This tie could easily be the Champions League final.”
Bayern are expected to be without the services of centre-back Mats Hummels for the game, due to an ankle injury.
Real may have two defenders on the sidelines for the clash, with centre-backs Raphael Varane and Pepe out with injuries.