Real Madrid host Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Tuesday.
Real won the first leg 2-1 in Munich thanks to goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio, on a night where Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly failed to score.
Ronaldo is the top scorer in this season’s competition with 15 goals, 10 more than Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski. But, Both men are tied on 38 goals in all competitions in 2017/18.
James Rodriguez returns to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, where he won the Champions League with Real in each of the past two seasons.
REAL MADRID –
Sergio Ramos says that Real Madrid winning the Champions League would mean more than Barcelona claiming the Liga title and the Copa del Rey
— Goal (@goal) April 30, 2018
Dani Carvajal is out with a hamstring problem, as Zidane faces a selection headache given replacement Nacho has been out for the past month with a thigh injury.
Isco becomes the second high profile player to be ruled out of the second leg, as the Spaniard was initially sidelined by a shoulder injury sustained in the first leg.
According to reports in Spain, Lucas Vazquez could be deployed at right back for Real Madrid and Marco Asensio playing in midfield, with one of Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale partnering Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE –
The key for us is think about winning the game and go onto the pitch wanting to do that. We need to go out to score quickly and that’s what we’ll try to do. It’s a semi-final, we know how important it is and what we have to do. We don’t have to change what we’re doing. Our focus and determination will be there, we don’t need to change much 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.
BAYERN MUNICH –
The countdown is underway ⏰
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 30, 2018
Bayern Munich will be without wide man Arjen Robben and defender Jerome Boateng after the duo picked up injuries in last week’s first leg.
However, both left-back David Alaba (thigh) and midfielder Javi Martinez (head) should feature after recovering from their thigh and head knocks, respectively.
Niklas Sule and David Alaba will replace Jerome Boateng and Rafinha in defence. Thiago Alcantara will start in midfield, moving Thomas Muller to the right flank, in the absence of Arjen Robben.
JUPP HEYNCKES –
The past isn’t important. We have to be more efficient than in the first leg. We’ve scored goals all season and I hope we’ll see that clinical nature tomorrow that’s been a mark of our game all year. We attacked in Munich and only conceded two because of mistakes by our players. It had nothing to do with being open or a lack of organisation. We want to do things differently from the first leg, which includes scoring.
This tie is far from over and the absence of Dani Carvajal will give a massive boost to Bayern, as David Alaba and Frank Ribery’s partnership on the left flank could hurt Real Madrid in the absence of a recognised right-back. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have to be more clinical in front of goal, after missing some good chances in the first leg.
All eyes will be again on Real Madrid’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested at the weekend and had a rare off night in the first leg of the semi-final in Munich, as the Portuguese could well prove to be the difference in this crucial encounter.
Real Madrid 3-2 Bayern Munich