Real Madrid – Bayern Munich
Real Madrid welcomes Bayern Munich in a second 1/4-final clash at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish capital.
After winning with 2-1 the first leg at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Zinedine Zidane’s team put itself in the position of a favourite to qualify for the next phase of the tournament. This is a great result for the Los Blancos before the second leg, so it’s about to be seen how they are going to use their advantage from the first match.
As for Bayern, they are going to need a tactical masterclass from their manager Carlo Ancelotti, if they want to overturn the tie and make another step towards the final of the competition.
Both teams have some problems in their squads before the game.
Real Madrid can’t use two of their best defenders – Pepe and Raphael Varane, who are unavaliable for the clash. The same could be said about the Welsh superstar Gareth Bale, who is also having physical problems before the match.
Bayern’s manager Carlo Ancelotti have some serious headaches, as he will be without the two starting defenders from the first game – Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez. The first one is injured, while Martinez was sent off in the first leg. The good news for Carletto come from the recovery of his main striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg because of an injury.
The result from the first leg is putting a Real Madrid in a great position and Bayern in a not so great one, but the tie is far from over just yet. Carlo Ancelotti has one of the brightest tactical minds in world football, so you should never underrestimate his ability to turn any tie around. But for that he will need a flawless pefromance from his players. Can they provide it?