Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Well now, how about last night’s Liverpool v Roma match?! Not many would have predicted a 5-2 victory for Liverpool last night, but there you go! You’d have to be Marty McFly or Nostradamus to have been able to predict that final score in the match. Anyway, tonight sees the Galacticos of Real Madrid come up against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Arguably on paper it’s the biggest match up of the round, with the two undoubted heavyweights of world football facing off, in what could be a match that goes either way. However, we will break this down to more detail ahead of the big match tonight, commencing with the formations.

Bayern Munich will most likely line up in their usual 4-3-3 formation, as Real Madrid will likely line up in the 4-3-1-2 formation for this match. Bayern Munich are unbeaten in seven games, last losing to RB Leipzig away, but are coming off the back off three standardly big victories against Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Hanover 96, plus against the latter they rested a number of their star players in preparation for tonight’s Champions League clash, including Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery, Thomas  Mueller, Javi Martinez, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels, whom will all be returning to the starting 11 tonight. Although, they are without Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and first choice keeper, Manuel Neuer, due to long-term injuries.

Can James Rodriguez come back and haunt Real Madrid tonight? Credit: TheGuardian

Meanwhile, Real Madrid didn’t play on the weekend and are feeling well rested and ready to go. However, in their last match they drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and that can be seen as a drop of two points, in playing catch up for second place against city rivals Atletico Madrid. But in tonight’s match, the question remains, who will partner Ronaldo up front, with many questioning the contribution of Karim Benzema, who’s only scored five goals all season, whilst Gareth Bale comes up for more and more criticism after another troublesome season with injures. Real Madrid have a clean bill of health, with no major injuries to worry about and there’s a battle between Isco and Asensio to get the role behind the two selected strikers. So, will Gareth Bale get the nod ahead of Benzema, or will Zidane side with the fellow Frenchman? We suspect the latter.

Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez (loaned) faces his old club, and could come back to haunt Real Madrid tonight, or that’s what Bayern would hope on. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski, the best centre forward in the world, will be looking to impress the team that might buy him in the summer, and Ronaldo will do his best to steer Real Madrid into a third consecutive Champions Final for Los Blancos, even away from home.

Now on paper, this usually wouldn’t be a high scoring game and much more of a tight affair, but after last nights goal fest, anything can happen. We can’t say that there’s a favourite for tonight’s match, with both sides evenly matched. Whereas, Bayern Munich will look to the trickery of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the wings, to feed Lewandowksi, the Galacticos will look for inspirational passing to untick the sturdy Bayern back line, from players like Luka Madrid and Toni Kroos, with a keen Cristiano Ronaldo latching onto any glimpse of an opportunity.

Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juventus, was a memorable one. Will he score tonight? Credit: YouTube

Where the game might be won? We’d say on the flanks, with neither team lining up with a specifically wide formation, which would suggest that we would favour Bayern Munich on home turf, but with Marcelo and Diego Carjaval pushing forward on the flank, as always, this should make for a tense battle.

This is a hard game to predict and we would have to go with the match suggestion of: Over 2.5 goals 

Or to be a little more direct in our prediction, we predict: Real Madrid to Win, Both Teams to Score 

 

Story by The Narrator

Featured Photo Credit: The Sun

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