Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Real Madrid on Wednesday

​Bayern Munich will welcome fellow footballing giants Real Madrid to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of their hotly anticipated Champions League semi final clash, in a repeat of last season's quarter final tie.


Jupp Heynckes' side will be looking to inflict some revenge on ​Real following last season's 6-3 aggregate loss. 


Die Roten progressed through to the semis thanks to a somewhat comfortable 2-1 aggregate victory over ​La Liga side Sevilla.


Goalkeeper

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​Sven Ulreich will start between the sticks. 

Defence

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  • Boateng
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  • Hummels
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  • Alaba
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German ​youngster Joshua Kimmich will make his 9th Champions League start of the season at right back. The 23-year-old has provided two goals and three assists in his nine appearances in the competition thus far. 


Austrian international David Alaba will start at left back. The 25-year-old has provided his teammates with two assists in six Champions League appearances this season.  


German duo Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will start in the centre of Bayern's defence. 

Midfield

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  • Robben
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  • Müller
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  • James
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  • Thiago
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​There are a number of option for Heynckes to pick from in midfield. 


Spaniard Javi Martinez is likely to start in front of the back four for his eighth appearance in the competition. 


Further up, 34-year-old Arjen Robben still poses a massive threat and is likely to start on the right. Thiago Alcantara could start on the left for his seventh Champions League start, although Franck Ribery, who did not feature at the weekend, could be another option. 


The two positions in midfield are likely to be taken up by Thomas Muller, who has three goals and two assists in the competition, and James Rordriguez. 

Forwards

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Poland international ​Robert Lewandowski will start in attack for the hosts. The 29-year-old is ​Bayern's top scorer with 39 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions this season. 


In the Champions League, the former Dortmund striker, who missed the first leg of last season's quarter final clash due to injury, has five goals in nine appearances.