Real Madrid keen to make advantage count against Bayern

Real Madrid takes a crucial advantage into the second leg of its Champions League semifinal tie with Bayern Munich.

Its quarterfinal tie against Juventus seemed all but over after it had won the first leg 3-0, but the Old Lady's spirited comeback to level the tie put Real Madrid in danger of being knocked out. A contentious penalty awarded by the referee in the dying minutes let Real off the hook. In terms of similarities, Bayern Munich is just as depleted as Juventus was, with Paulo Dybala suspended.

Real finds itself in a similar situation against Bayern albeit with not as much of an advantage as in that Juventus clash. The defending champion has the benefit of having experienced the mercurial nature of these ties and will be keen to make its advantage count on this occasion.

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The onus is on Bayern to take the attack to Real. It trails the Spanish side by two away goals, meaning it needs to score a minimum of two goals to stand a chance of winning the tie. Bayern didn't make its attacking dominance count in the first leg and it cannot afford to be profligate on Tuesday given its standing in the tie.

 

Team news

Real Madrid: Dani Carvajal suffered a hamstring injury in the first leg and is unlikely to feature tomorrow. Isco picked up a shoulder injury in the first leg and has not been named in the squad for Tuesday's return leg. Nacho Fernandez may feature in the squad after recovering from his right ankle injury.

Bayern Munich: Jerome Boateng seems likely to miss the second leg with a left thigh injury which has also cast doubt on his availability for the World Cup. Arjen Robben is not part of the squad that has travelled to Madrid because of an adductor problem which forced him off after just eight minutes in the first leg.

David Alaba missed the first leg with a thigh injury, but has returned to training in time for the second leg and is likely to feature.

Kingsley Coman (left ankle injury) and Arturo Vidal (right knee injury) have been ruled out for the season, while Manuel Neuer, having returned to training only recently, is unlikely to feature.

Possible line-ups

Real Madrid (4-5-1): Keylor Navas (GK); Lucas Vazquez, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale; Cristiano Ronaldo

Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Sven Ulreich (GK); Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule, David Alaba; Javi Martinez, James Rodgriguez, Thiago Alcantara; Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller

Stat

  • Bayern Munich is on a five-match losing streak against Real Madrid