Semifinal meeting between Bayern and Madrid rich in history

25 April, 2018, 09:34 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Anfield could negate the disadvantage Liverpool have of playing the second leg away

Though, Madrid have only managed to win one of their last four games in all competitions, but Zidane is unfazed by their performances in those games, saying they would have no problem finding motivation in Munich. In the 29 games since the manager returned to the sideline, Müller has been involved in 29 goals - 14 goals and 15 assists. "An attacker cannot be more complete than him - left foot, right foot, head, he controls everything and in front of the goal, he's a machine".

Heynckes puts James' early struggles down to being "depressed", something he helped soothe by being attentive to the 26-year-old playmaker, and now James has found his feet again as he prepares to take on his parent club in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

According to France Football's latest figures, Argentina and FC Barcelona forward Messi is the best paid footballer in the world. Benzema's fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane's preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman's lack of goals.

The UEFA Champions League semifinal is set to begin and no one could have predicted the four teams still in the running for the trophy.

They also handed Bayern a record 4-0 home defeat in the 2014 semi-finals. "I hope he won't add to it this year", he said.

"Of course, he's a big topic for us in the game analysis", said Heynckes when asked about Ronaldo. "Now that we know who you are, I know who I am", Jackson tells Willis in the final monologue, shortly before being committed to an institution for the criminally insane. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in each leg of that quarterfinals, after Bayern had failed to capitalise on its chances at home, as Real won 6-3 on aggregate.

"This year will be the same - there are players who are on the bench".

His hero status in Bavaria contrasts with the isolated figure he cut during his single season at Real, where the team finished an embarrassing fourth in the standings a year after winning the title under Fabio Capello.

However badly they seem to perform in La Liga, Los Blancos just have a amusing knack of coming out of Champions League fixtures on top.

Apart from the return leg against Juventus, Real has been excellent in the knockout stages of the UCL this season, playing exceptionally well to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain and winning 3-0 in Turin.

Returning was, Heynckes said then, "a question of the heart".

"These are two teams with a great tradition, who play and love attractive football".

"Real is a worthy opponent for every coach". Kroos says, "I think they're in better form this year in general".

He will, however, have to contend with the loss of Arturo Vidal after the Chilean's injury ruled him out for the rest of the term.

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also a doubt while Brazilian defender Rafinha is likely to replace Alaba if he fails to make the squad.



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