Tuesday UCL Preview: Real Madrid look to finish off Bayern, Leicester aim to stun Atletico

Champions League holders Real Madrid take a 2-1 lead back to the Spanish capital, as they look to finished what they started against Bayern Munich and seal their spot in the semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged both goals as Zinedine Zidane’s side came from behind to beat Bayern 2-1 last Wednesday, to keep their hopes of becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era alive.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace to give Real Madrid a 2-1 advantage
image: dailymail.co.uk

However, German giants Bayern Munich are sure not to go down without a fight, as they aim to turn this quarter-final on its head and inflict a first home defeat in 12 games on Real Madrid in a bid to reach the final four.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane hopes his players are taking nothing for granted yet and believes his side are focused for a tough game against Bayern Munich.

“We know how difficult Bayern are home and away,” said the Frenchman.

“We need to produce a performance. We want to win this game, we have forgotten the first leg and so we will go out to win.  They don’t change much and they will pressure you until the final whistle. We need to play very, very, very well.

“Bayern have a brilliant squad in all departments. We know they have a lot of quality, but like any side they have their weak spots. We will need to play our game, prepare as well as we did for the first leg and we won’t be resting on our laurels.”

Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side still have a chance to pull off a comeback at the Santiago Bernebeu and looks to a returning Robert Lewandowski to lead the team to victory.

“We have less of chance than a week ago, but we still have a chance,” said the 57-year-old.

“We will need a great performance to go through. We need to test them on the pitch with the ball but I think they have a great chance of playing. I was here for two years, I have unforgettable memories from that time.

“Obviously Lewandowski’s presence will help us but we won’t be changing approach,  we will play as we have all year. He is a big player who scores a lot of goals for us and gives us more confidence.”

Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal scored and missed a penalty in the first leg
image: dailymail.co.uk

Team News

Real Madrid are without Welsh winger Gareth Bale for the second leg of the quarter-final against Bayern Munich, after the former Tottenham man picked up an ankle injury in the 2-1 win in Germany.

The hosts are also still without defensive pair Pepe and Raphael Varane for the visit of Bayern, as they continue to struggle with ribs and hamstring injuries respectively.

Bayern Munich are boosted by the return of star striker Robert Lewandowski for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, after the Polish international missed last week’s defeat due to a shoulder problem.

Defender Mats Hummels is hoping to be passed fit on an ankle injury that ruled him out of the first leg, with Jerome Boateng also a doubt due to an abductor injury. Midfielder Javi Martinez is suspended after being sent off in last week’s game.

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