Canizares: Bayern can hurt Madrid on counterattack

The former Spain international has advised the Bavarians to focus on their defensive tasks, as he feels that Jose Mourinho's men are incredibly dangerous going forward
Former Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares has urged Bayern Munich to play on the counterattack in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

The Bundesliga giants recorded a narrow 2-1 home win in the first game, and the retired Spain international believes they can make it to the final if they focus on their defensive duties in the return.

"Can I see Bayern reach the Champions League final? It's 50-50 at the moment. Real Madrid are very strong at home and usually create a lot of chances. Bayern have the quality to withstand them though," Canizares stated in a column for TZ.

"I believe that it would be a good tactic to play on the counterattack. They have to stay organised on the ball, and charge forward whenever they win the ball.

"Bayern were very motivated at the Allianz Arena and neutralised Madrid's star players. They didn't give away any space. They can make it to the final if they replicate that performance."

Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu kicks off at 20.45CET.