Real will seek to attack Bayern: Zidane

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 1, 2018

"What we did in the first leg was good, but we now need to show in the return that what we want is to go through (to the final)".

Earlier in the day, Zidane was hopeful Isco, who participated in Sunday's training session, could overcome his shoulder injury, but ultimately made a decision to omit the 26-year-old from the 19-man squad list.

Isco returned to group training on Monday following a shoulder sprain he sustained the previous Wednesday during the away leg of the semifinal, while Nacho came back from almost a month's absence due to a muscle injury, reported Efe.

Bayern continued to press in an attempt to cancel out the deficit but were unable to get the better of Keylor Navas. Jupp Heynckes can still call upon a decent starting XI, but Bayern look weak at the back without Alaba and Boateng. "Juve are a good example of putting pressure on Real in Madrid", said Rummenigge.

Rodriguez left because he wanted to play more often. His battle with Casemiro could be key.

But the German champions are playing in the semi-finals for the sixth time in seven seasons, and Real know they can take nothing for granted.

Lewandowski's status tends to come into special focus when Bayern visit Madrid.

I wasn't particularly impressed with either side last week, and while I think Real are eminently beatable, I'm not convinced Bayern have the cohesion to cause an upset here.

Lucas Vazquez started in Munich last week, which is further confirmation that Gareth Bale will need to look elsewhere for regular first-team football next season. He's fully fit this time around and Bayern's top scorer will be hurt by the criticism of his off-colour first leg performance - missing a couple of chances he would normally gobble up in the Bundesliga.

That's what Bayern Munich need. Central European Summer Time at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, May 1.

With a 2-1 lead over their rivals, Real Madrid happen to be the favourites for the tie.

Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio earned Real's narrow comeback victory at the Allianz Arena last week after they had fallen behind to a strike from Joshua Kimmich. Besides the lead, they also have two away goals advantage, because of which, Bayern would at least have to score two goals against Real apart from ensuring they do not let them score a goal.

While it appears a daunting prospect against the back-to-back European champions, Madrid did lose 3-1 at home to Juventus in the last round and also trailed Bayern 2-1 after 90 minutes in last season's quarter-finals. I always gave my best when I played, and hopefully I'll be well received.

Only twice in Champions League history has a team overturned a first leg home defeat to progress; Bayern were on the receiving end of one against Inter in 2011.

It was a special game for James, a Madrid player on loan at Bayern, where he's likely to stay because Bayern has an option to make his move permanent next year.

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