Real Madrid VS Bayern Munich will take center stage today as they play the quarterfinal second-leg of the UEFA Champions League after Los Merengues won the first game 2-1 thanks to two goals from the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid know exactly what it takes to play in this tournament as many in the city even like to refer to it as their tournament given the fact that Los Blancos were able to carry the trophy an unprecedented 11 times in history, two of which came in the last 3 years. They know as well as anyone that to be the best you will have to eventually beat the best and it doesn’t really get too much bigger than Bayern Munich.
Playing the first-leg without Robert Lewandowski and having to deal with Javi Martinez being sent off early in the second half, Bayern Munich will feel like they are still able to make it work since they’re only down by one goal when it could have just as easily been a much bigger margin if it wasn’t for Manuel Neuer.
Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale in this match as Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that the Welshman is not fully fit and would rather not risk him for the upcoming game but he may be fit to feature in El Clasico. Of course, the French manager is the type to always keep his cards close to his chest and this occasion was no different as he admitted that he knew who would be playing instead but the fans will have to wait until the official lineup is out in order to know themselves. It’s pretty much between Isco and Marco Asensio in my opinion given that Lucas Vazquez didn’t really have a great time on the pitch during the La Liga match against Sporting Gijon over the weekend. So, the question arises on whether Zidane is willing to tweak his formation a little and include Isco or go for a like-for-like change in Marco Asensio, who came out with a great performance during the first-leg against the Bavarians last week.
Even though Real Madrid came out with the convincing 2-1 win in Munich last week, that in no way means that they should lose focus this time around because any lapse in judgement will be taken advantage of by Bayern Munich who will be lead by the lethal Robert Lewandowski in attack and we know very well exactly what the Polish forward is capable of.
Projected Lineups –
Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema
Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara, Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski