Wednesday, September 20

UEFA Champions League : Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview

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Bayern Munich are hopeful Robert Lewandowski will be fit as they look to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane has warned his Real Madrid side’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich is not over; despite the 2-1 win away in Germany in the first leg.

A Cristiano Ronaldo double, including his 99th and 100th European goals; ensured the Champions League holders take two away goals into the return fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bayern’s top scorer Lewandowski missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, along with Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. However, he trained on Sunday and told the club website: “I’m fine. I’m very pleased I was able to take part in training today. Everything’s OK.”

Lewandowski has scored 38 goals in 40 appearances this season and scored four times in Madrid for Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

Arturo Vidal had given the Bundesliga champions the lead in the first leg, but also missed the chance to double Bayern’s lead from the penalty spot.

Real rested several of their regular starters at the weekend as they beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 in La Liga. They maintained their lead at the top of La Liga ahead of rivals Barcelona.

Team News

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed he will be without Gareth Bale for the return leg; with Isco favourite to deputise in his absence. Raphael Varane and Pepe are also injury concerns coming into their second leg tie with Bayern Munich.

With Mats Hummels injured and Javi Martinez suspended; David Alaba could start alongside Jerome Boateng at the heart of the defence, with Juan Bernat featuring at left-back.

Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid – Navas (GK); Marcelo, Nacho, Ramos; Carvajal; Modric; Casemiro; Kroos; Ronaldo; Benzema; Isco.

Bayern Munich –  Neuer (GK); Bernat; Alaba; Boateng; Lahm; Alonso; Vidal; Thiago; Robben; Ribery; Lewandowski.

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