Preview: Real Madrid vs FC Bayern München

FC Bayern München travel to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinals on Tuesday keen on reversing the 2-1 defeat they suffered in the first leg.

UEFA Champions League
19 April 2017
Kick-off: 01:45 (HKT)
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Referee: V. Kassai
Assistants: G.Ring, V. Tóth
Fourth official: P.Berettyán

Head-to-head summary:

Madrid 15 7 1 7
Bayern 15 7 1 7

Previous encounter:

Bayern 1-2 Real Madrid 12/04/17 (Champions League)

Bayern goalscorer: Vidal (25′)

Madrid goalscorers: Ronaldo (47′, 77′)

Players to watch:

It’s an obvious choice, but after taking his European goal scoring tally to 100 with the brace at the Allianz Arena last week, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to inflict more misery on the Bundesliga champions. Ronaldo will be well rested after he was left out of the squad for Los Blancos’ 3-2 La Liga win over Sporting Gijon last weekend (a precautionary measure as he was one domestic booking away from missing the El Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday).

Arjen Robben looked one of the players most likely to lead a fight-back in last week’s 2-1 reverse, even when the Bundesliga team went down to 10 men. The 33-year-old Dutchman is enjoying a fine season for his club and is second only to Robert Lewandowski on the goal-scorer’s list after netting nine league and three Champions League goals this season.

Team form and manager quotes:

??? ¡HASTA EL FINAL, VAMOS REAL! #RMLiga #HalaMadrid

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Zinedine Zidane’s side go into the game after a 3-2 away win over Sporting Gijon in La Liga last weekend. In all competitions they are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, nine of those wins.

Despite a few injury concerns, Zidane believes his team can finish off the job on Tuesday.

“We do have difficulties at the back due to injuries but we also have players who are ready and we will work with the guys we have, I just hope nobody else gets injured,” he said.

“What I can say is that I see a very enthusiastic, focussed and above all motivated team. I have a great team here who are so professional.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern team played to a 0-0 draw away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen over the weekend and have won just one of their last four matches in all competitions. Before that though they had won seven consecutive games and had been on an unbeaten 21-match spell (19 wins, two draws).

Ancelotti remains optimistic that his side possesses the fight and the quality to overcome the 10-time champions on their home turf.

“It will be more difficult in Madrid, but we still have a chance, we are still alive,” Ancelotti said ahead of his return to the Spanish club he left in 2015.

“The history of the club, the way we know that we have to give everything. We have enough self-belief, we have the quality and passion to win in Madrid.”

Fired up for Madrid! ?? #packmas #fcbayern #miasanmia #championsleague #ucl #rmafcb

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Team news:

For the home side, defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane are expected to remain side-lined with injury. Gareth Bale could be fit after recovering from his injury, but is not likely to start on Tuesday with the game against Barcelona on Sunday to take into account.

Javi Martinez will miss the game for Bayern after his red card in the first leg, while Mats Hummels is out with an ankle injury. The Germans are hoping to have Robert Lewandowski available after his recent return to training following injury.