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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview



May 8th, 2024

The stage is set for a Champions League classic Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich lock horns in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday. The tie is finely balanced at 2-2 after a thrilling encounter at the Allianz Arena last week, leaving everything to play for in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid Favorites, But History Beckons for Both Sides

 Los Blancos boast an impressive unbeaten record in their last eight Champions League meetings with Bayern (six wins, two draws) and have dominated at home against the Bavarians, winning six of their last seven encounters at the Bernabéu.

Carlo Ancelotti, the current manager of Real Madrid, is no stranger to success in Europe. He is aiming to become the first coach to reach a sixth Champions League final, further solidifying his reputation as the king of European knockout football.

However, Bayern Munich shouldn't be underestimated. Manager Thomas Tuchel has a chance to write his own chapter in Champions League history by becoming the first coach to reach the final with three different clubs (PSG, Chelsea, and potentially Bayern).

Key Players for the Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Vinícius Júnior has been instrumental in Real Madrid's recent Champions League success, contributing to 31 goals since their triumphant 2021-22 campaign (16 goals, 15 assists). His partnership with Toni Kroos, who boasts the highest percentage of line-breaking passes in the competition, could be crucial for unlocking Bayern's defense.

For Bayern, Harry Kane will be looking to continue his impressive Champions League form. He sits just one goal away from equaling Wayne Rooney as the all-time leading English scorer in the competition. Leroy Sané's dribbling prowess could also be a game-changer, as he has been involved in the most goals following a carry in the Champions League since the start of last season.

Selection Concerns

While Real Madrid appear to have a full squad at their disposal, Bayern Munich faces some selection issues. Key players Raphaël Guerreiro and potentially Eric Dier and Dayot Upamecano could miss the crucial second leg due to injuries.

History suggests it will be a tough ask for Bayern Munich to win at the Bernabéu. However, their recent impressive displays in the Champions League knockout stages, despite inconsistent domestic form, should not be ignored. This match promises to be a tense and tactical affair, with both teams boasting world-class talent and a hunger for European glory.

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