Bayern vs Real Madrid: Heynckes bids to end semifinal hoodoo

Bayern Munich is eyeing its first Champions League final since 2012-13.

Jupp Heynckes coached Real Madrid for one season in 1997-98.   -  Getty Images

Bayern Munich's last Champions League success came in 2013. Jupp Heynckes, the current manager, was at the helm and he was also in charge when the German side registered its last victory over Real Madrid, in the 2011-12 Champions League semifinals.

Since its 2013 triumph, Bayern has lost out to Spanish opposition on four occasions – thrice in the last-four stage and once in the quarterfinals.

The presence of Heynckes, who has engineered a turnaround in Bayern's fortunes since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti last October, gives Bayern a significant boost.

Read: Record-breaking Heynckes chasing another treble

Real, thanks to its recent success over Bayern and an air of invincibility in the Champions League, will start this tie as the early favourite. An underwhelming domestic performances has not hampered its progress in Europe. It is also worth noting that Bayern's progress to the semifinals has been relatively easy with the side facing Besiktas (round of 16) and Sevilla (quarterfinal) in the knockout stage.

Team news

Bayern Munich: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer started training with his team-mates last week after recovering from a metatarsal fracture in his left foot, suffered last September. But without any game-time behind him, he is unlikely to start the game on Thursday.

Kingsley Coman (left ankle injury) and Arturo Vidal (right knee injury) are ruled out for the season, while a shin injury means Corentin Tolisso's involvement is also in doubt. David Alaba (ankle injury) is also a doubt for Wednesday's first leg.

Real Madrid: Nacho Fernandez (right ankle injury) is the only player out injured.

Possible starting line-ups, formations

Bayern (4-3-3): Sven Ulreich (GK); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Juan Bernat; Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez; Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery

 

 

Real Madrid (4-4-2): Keylor Navas (GK); Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Stats

  • Heynckes' two Champions League triumphs as manager have come with Real (1997-98) and Bayern (2012-13).
  • Bayern and Real are set to meet for the 25th time in European competition, with Bayern leading the head-to-head 12-10 in 24 previous meetings.

 

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