Second leg semi final EUFA Champions League 2018. First leg, real madrid get advantages 2-1 vs Bayern Munich. 2 away goals must take this advantages.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: Uefa Champions League semi-final 2018 prediction, team news, betting tips, odds, TV channel, watch online, live streaming, start time, line-ups, head to head.
What is it?
The second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, at the Bernabeu.
Real, who saw bitter rivals Barcelona take their domestic crown on Sunday, are well placed to lift the Champions League trophy for the fourth time in five years and take a 2-1 lead into tonight’s game.
Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio earned Real’s narrow comeback victory at the Allianz Arena last week in the first leg, after they had fallen behind to a strike from Joshua Kimmich.
Madrid are bidding to become the first team to reach the final three years in a row since Juventus in 1998.
When is it?
Tonight! Tuesday, May 1.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
BT Sport 2 from 7pm.
What is the team news?
Defender Nacho should be available having returned to training following injury, but play-maker Isco and full-back Dani Carvajal are doubts after sustaining problems last Wednesday in Bavaria.
Local media reports indicate winger Lucas Vazquez could be asked to deputise.
Bayern’s cause is not helped by injuries to key players Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng.
The pair were forced off with problems during the initial meeting with Real and will be unavailable, although Javi Martinez and David Alaba, who have also had injury problems, have travelled.
What are they saying?
Zinedine Zidane says his future as Real Madrid coach does not depend on winning the Champions League for the third successive season:
“It’s independent of that. Today I’m the coach and I want to continue at this club.
“But it’s not important. What matters to everyone is thinking about the game and that’s it.
“The key for us is to go out to win the game. No need to take chances, to play on the back foot, nor to do anything strange.
“We’ve got to go out and get an early goal. It’s a semi-final and we know the importance of the game. We know what we have to do.”
Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes has defended top-scorer Robert Lewandowski following his lack of Champions League goals. Poland striker Lewandowski has registered 39 times in all competitions this season but failed to find the net in his last four European games:
“Lewy has my complete support. Every striker, including myself, has phases where they don’t score.
“But he has scored a lot of goals this season and you can’t forget that he once scored four goals against Real in the semi-final of the Champions League for Dortmund. So who knows what’ll happen.”
Heynckes has called on referee Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to be “fair and just” in the face of pressure from Real Madrid and the Bernabeu crowd:
“We had him against Paris St Germain earlier this season and he did well. What I expect for him is to be objective, fair and just. I’m expecting a fair form of refereeing and I expect his decisions not to interfere with the outcome of the game.”
James Rodriguez guarantees revenge isn’t on his mind when Bayern face his former club:
“It’s beautiful to be able to return to a place that was my home for three years. They treated me very well here. It’s a place I always wanted to be. I spent three unique years here and I won many titles. I only have respect for the people here. I was happy here.
“I have absolutely nothing against (Zidane) or the club. I don’t have any feelings of anger toward him. I’m not going to try to win the match only because I’ll be playing against him. I just want to play well and help Bayern advance to the final. I want to play a good match, that’s it.”
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane does not think his future depends on winning the Champions League as they prepare for the semi-final second leg with Bayern Munich.
Madrid, who are trying to win it for the third consecutive season, beat Bayern 2-1 in the first leg in Germany.
Real are 15 points behind new champions Barcelona in La Liga.
When Zidane was asked if he had to win the tournament to keep his job, he said: “It’s independent of that.”
The France legend, whose side have not been knocked out of Europe once during his two-and-a-half years in charge, said “Today I’m the coach and I want to continue at this club.
“But it’s not important. What matters to everyone is thinking about this game and that’s it.”
Bayern are without winger Arjen Robben for the trip to the Bernabeu after he suffered a leg injury eight minutes into the first leg.
Left-back David Alaba (thigh) and midfielder Javi Martinez (head) are both expected to return from injury.
Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, but Isco trained on Monday despite a shoulder injury.
Zidane was coy on who would play in Carvajal’s place, with centre-back Nacho and winger Lucas Vazquez the most likely candidates.
He added his side will look to attack from the start, despite the fact a draw – or even 1-0 defeat – would take them through.
“The key for us is think about winning the game and to go on to the pitch wanting to do that,” Zidane said. “We need to go out to score quickly and that’s what we’ll try to do.”
Bayern interim boss Jupp Heynckes, who is being replaced by Niko Kovac at the end of the season, won the Champions League at the end of his previous season in charge – 2012-13 – before Pep Guardiola took over.
He says his side will look to remedy their errors from the first leg.
“We need to minimise our mistakes and we want to change a few things from the first leg,” he said.
“Changing nothing would be an error. I saw positive things but there are things to be fixed. I’ll be trying to rectify mistakes; we’ll try to attack. We conceded goals because of some mistakes – it had nothing to do with the organisation or style of play.”
BBC Euro Leagues Football Show analysis
German football writer Raphael Honigstein
It was extraordinary. In the second half of the first leg, Real Madrid almost played with 10 men. Cristiano Ronaldo was so passive. But he epitomises Real Madrid. He doesn’t need to do a lot, they don’t need to do a lot, and they still find a way to win.
You feel Bayern have blown it. A colleague of mine said for Bayern to beat Real, everything needs to be perfect. For Real to beat Bayern, they just need to have an average game. That 10 or 20% difference in class was telling and will probably be telling again.
Bayern are the underdogs. Real feel like ‘we’ll just win’. They’re the better version of Bayern – they are in Europe what Bayern are in the Bundesliga. They have a sense of infallibility and an aura.
It’s amazing how Zidane has changed them. He’s played really pragmatic football. He’s doing things no other coach could have done for political reasons – benching big names and playing kids.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is low on confidence at the moment. His lack of presence and physical mobility is a concern for Bayern. He hasn’t been quite right for a number of weeks. When your main striker doesn’t perform, you’re in trouble. He’s under pressure to put on a big performance.
European football writer Julien Laurens
Real Madrid just don’t panic. The Marcelo goal in the first leg came from nothing. Bayern had all the chances and Real still didn’t panic. Every time you make a mistake against them, and it was the same for PSG in the last 16, they punish you – you make a half-mistake and they punish you.
- No team has overturned a 2-1 home first-leg defeat in the Champions League, in seven previous such occurrences.
- Bayern and Real will meet for the 26th time in European competition, more than any other fixture. Real have won 12 of these encounters to Bayern’s 11 victories (two draws).
- Bayern have lost their past six games against Real (all in the knockout stages of the Champions League), their longest run of defeats against one opponent in European competition.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League – the only player to have netted more goals against a single opponent in the competition is Ronaldo himself, scoring 10 against Juventus.
- Real Madrid have scored in each of their past 41 Champions League games at the Bernabeu, last failing to find the net in April 2011 against Barcelona (2-0).
- Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have never been knocked out of the Champions League, progressing in all eight of their two-legged ties as well as winning the two finals they’ve appeared in. They’ve also won seven of their eight knockout games at home (L1).
- Bayern Munich are on a run of two Champions League games without a win (D1 L1). They have not gone three matches in a row without a victory in the competition since 2009 (September-November).
- They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 13 Champions League away games, their joint-longest such run in the competition (equalling the record set between April 1999 and December 2000).
- No player has been involved in more goals for Bayern in the Champions League this season than Joshua Kimmich (six – three goals and three assists).
- Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in his past four Champions League games with Bayern Munich, his longest drought with the club. He has never failed to find the net in five consecutive outings in the competition.
Dani Carvajal (thigh) is out for Real, meaning Lucas Vazquez could deputise given that Nacho has also struggled for game time with an injury this month.
Isco is also out for the holders, but Bayern have the worst of the injury problems.
Jerome Boateng is out for the rest of the season after picking up a thigh injury in the first leg, as is Arjen Robben.
However, David Alaba and Javi Martinez could both return tonight to boost Bayern.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas, Lucas, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Asensio, Ronaldo, Benzema
Bayern (4-3-3): Ulreich; Kimmich, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba; Rafinha, Thiago, Muller; Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski