Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Madrid wary of Champions League home setbacks in Bayern visit

Madrid wary of Champions League home setbacks in Bayern visit

"But they won 2-1, so it does not get discussed". Meanwhile, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the his team need "cool heads and hot hearts' if they are to learn from Juventus and pull off an unlikely win".

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's best moment in this fixture came in the quarter-finals last season when he scored five of Madrid's six goals in their 6-3 aggregate victory. "We need to have a murderous mentality because we have real possibilities". But I've no doubt Bayern will come here without any complex whatsoever, allowing them to put in a big performance.

Heynckes, however, is unconcerned about that statistic and called for his players to be more clinical after they wasted a number of opportunities last week.

"We know things are going to be hard".

Real Madrid stand two games from becoming the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to be European champions three years in a row. Their last away win against Real was in May 2001, in the Champions League semis (1-0, goal by Giovane Elber). But if he misses out, the other options for the coach are repositioning winger Lucas Vazquez to a more defensive role, or placing his trust in young and inexperienced Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, who has only made two Champions League appearances. We are not going to think too much about anything else.

European Central Bank keeps interest rates, guidance unchanged
If growth shows signs of slowing that could be a reason to extend the bank's 30 billion euros ($36 billion) in bond purchases. "But we expect President Draghi to hint at the press conference that a gradual normalization is still to come".

Alaba is fit again after missing Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in the Munich first leg with a thigh injury.

Centre-back Niklas Sule, who looks set to start after the injury suffered by Jerome Boateng in the first leg, said: 'We're in a hard position, but we believe in ourselves.

This season, they had a celebrity clash against PSG, a team based even more around the cult of the individual than Madrid, then an aging Juve side that should have gone out to Tottenham in the previous round, and now an ever more superannuated Bayern who are racked by injuries. The team suffered one loss in previous 12 matches in all competitions (1:3 against Juventus at home in the Champions League) with two draws.

"They want to enjoy their title and the same for us and ours, we need to eliminate the Germans and to reach another final". Their first leg was one of the worst Champions League semi-finals I've seen. "It's our game of the year and the supporters know it".

Like this: