Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview: Team News, Classic Encounter, Key Battles & More

Marcus Parekh

​The Bernabeu will be the stage as Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid play host to Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Los Blancos have a strong advantage heading in to this match, after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to give them a 2-1 victory away at the Allianz last Wednesday.

It could have been a lot worse for the Bavarians if not for Manuel Neuer, who produced an incredible display in between the sticks to keep his team in the tie. However, Bayern will take heart from the fact that they dominated the first half and should have scored more than once, with Arturo Vidal missing several good chances, including a penalty.

Classic Encounter

FC Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
FC Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

The first leg was the very definition of "a match of two halves". Bayern Munich dominated the first 45, with Arturo Vidal putting the team ahead with a bullet header. But the Chilean midfielder had a 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' performance, blowing several huge chances in the remainder of the half including ballooning a penalty high over the bar.

Real then came out and dominated the second half. Ronaldo scored a brace but they could have had more, if not for a wonderful display from Manuel Neuer, who produced a string of miraculous saves. Madrid were aided by Javi Martinez's red card, after he picked up two bookings in three minutes to put his Bayern side down to ten men.

Key Battle

Sergio Ramos vs Robert Lewandowski


If Bayern are going to score the multiple goals required to overhaul the deficit, they will need their top scorer of past seasons Robert Lewandowski to produce the goods. The Pole missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, but should be back in time for the trip. He has a history against Real Madrid, scoring four times in a semi-final against them when he was a Dortmund player in 2013.

In the first leg, Sergio Ramos was relatively untroubled by Thomas Muller, who was the stand in for Lewandowski. He will face a much tougher challenge this time around if Bayern's top scorer if fit and available.

Team News

Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga

For the hosts, the major injury concern lies with Gareth Bale, who will miss this match with a calf injury. He will likely be replaced by Isco, who shone in his absence against Sporting Gijon on the weekend. 

They will also be sweating on the fitness of Raphael Varane, who has been out with a hamstring injury since April 2nd. He is considered to be extremely unlikely to play, as is Pepe - who is out for the rest of the season with two broken ribs. So Zidane will likely be forced to go with Nacho once again at the heart of defence. The Spanish stand-in was at fault for Bayern's goal in the first leg, when he allowed Vidal to get a free header from a corner.

​For Bayern, they will pray the Lewandowski is fit in time. Ancelotti also has a selection headache in the centre of defence, with Javi Martinez out due to suspension following his first leg red card. The hope is that Mats Hummels will have recovered from an ankle injury, but if he hasn't the Bavarians could have some serious issues.


FC Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
FC Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Bayern will have to come out and attack Madrid, as they require a minimum of two goals to qualify. This will leave them exposed on the counter-attack and the front three of Real are too potent not to take advantage.

Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich


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