Real Madrid host Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi final. Real have the advantage after coming from behind to win 2-1 at the Allianz Arena. It will be the 26th time that two teams have met in European competition.
Real Madrid are bidding to win the competition for the third consecutive season, and reach their fourth final in the past five years
Jupp Heynckes' side faces a difficult task away at the Bernabeu, and will have to a score a minimum of two goals if they are to progress to the Champions League final. Bayern have also lost their last six games against Los Blancos.
Despite Madrid's lead and recent history, Bayern will take encouragement from Real's inconsistent performances this season, and in particular from Real's quarter final tie against Juventus, conceding three goals at home to the Italians.
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid (April 25th 2018)
Last week's first leg semi final encounter proved to be a frustrating night for Bayern. Despite dominating for large spells, they failed to make the most of their dominance. Real, on the other hand, were clinical, scoring two crucial away goals to take an advantage home to the Bernabeu.
Bayern took the lead at the Allianz after 28 minutes through Joshua Kimmich. The full back was released down the right side with a pass from Real loanee James Rodriguez. Kimmich found himself in the box and drove the ball past K
Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal looks set to miss the second leg after suffering a hamstring injury. This does pose a selection problem for Zinedine Zidane as he is without a natural replacement at right back. Lucas Vasquez was deployed there last week after Carvajal was forced out of the game with the injury, but is a winger by trade.
Isco, however, does look likely to feature for Real after training with the squad on Monday, overcoming a shoulder problem.
As for Bayern, left back David Alaba and the versatile Javi Martinez are both expected to return to the starting XI.
However they will be without their mercurial winger, Arjen Robben. The Dutchman wasn't named in the squad to travel to Madrid having picked up an injury in the eighth minute last week.
No Robben for Bayern Munich. Do they stand any chance against Real Madrid? pic.twitter.com/v60uZ1V7xQ— Goal (@goal) April 30, 2018
Real Madrid go into the second leg as firm favourites. Bayern will have to score twice without reply to secure safe passage to the final. Real have also won their last six games against Bayern, all coming in the knock-out stages of the Champion League.
Also, no team has ever progressed in the Champions League after a 2-1 first leg defeat at home.