Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

01 May, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Los Blancos won the first clash in the Allianz Stadium in Turin with a high margin of 3-0 with the highlight of the night being Cristiano Ronaldo bicycle kicked against the Italian Champions and capped the night with applause from Juventus fans in Italy.

"Unfortunately a year ago they lost to Madrid in extra time (in the quarterfinals). We know what happened against Juventus and against Bayern previous year", Zidane said.

Against Madrid on Wednesday, he was only able to show flashes of his brilliance as he got the nod to play over Thiago Alcantara. "We conceded goals because of some mistakes - it had nothing to do with the organisation or style of play".

"It's a semi-final and we know the importance of the game". "You can see in the training sessions how focused and concentrated we are working", said Alaba. Ronaldo was rested for the weekend win over Leganes as Zidane gave his fringe players a chance to impress. Last season, admittedly, was hard: Madrid had to beat Napoli, Bayern, Atletico and Juventus in the knockout stages.

Bayern interim boss, Jupp Heynckes, is set to welcome David Alaba and Javi Martinez from injury which is timely for a team that has been depleted by injuries in the past few weeks. "They are not invincible despite what many people may think". Youngster Achraf Hakimi is Carvajal's immediate substitute but he has not impressed. "Bale needs to do the same as he has been doing", Zidane said. There are many doubts about Zinedine Zidane as a coach, not least over his seeming inability to set a team up to control a game - which was what nearly allowed Juve's improbable comeback in the quarters - but where he excels is in his substitutions.

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The septuagenarian, who has said that he will return to retirement at the end of the season, said that he would love to take on Klopp in his final match as manager. The big guns were back in action on Monday though with the likes of Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos also returning. "I can adapt. It wouldn't be a problem for me".

Bayern were forced into multiple substitutions due to injury during the first leg, and both teams will be without several key players, according to

Tell him it's an audition for the Bernabéu next season, tell him you'll double his wages if he wins you the tie and the final, tell him anything you need to incentivise him to put in a career performance. Finally, he referred to Barca team winning the Spanish League. Lewandowski's record in Champions League semi-finals may well be frustrating overall, but he tends to get on the scoresheet.

Real escaped again when Navas failed to hold a Lewandowski header just before the halftime whistle, and the ball bobbled away to safety.


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