Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich - Real Madrid
Old foes face off as Jupp Heynckes' charges welcome Jose Mourinho's free-scoring side to the Allianz Arena for a heavyweight tussle in the last four of the Champions League
By Karthick Arvinth
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Bayern Munich will recall Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez to the starting lineup for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid, after the trio were rested on the bench for the weekend draw with Mainz.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is available after serving a one-match ban, but Jupp Heynckes stated in a Monday press conference that he is unsure whether the vice-captain will start due to lack of match practice. Toni Kroos may stand in for his Germany international colleague, while Luiz Gustavo appears a lock for the second defensive midfield position. Defenders Daniel Van Buyten (foot) and Breno (knee) are both out.
Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will likely reinstate Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria to the starting XI after the trio was benched for Saturday's win over Sporting Gijon.
Xabi Alonso returns from domestic suspension, but Ricardo Carvalho (thigh) and Lassana Diarra (hamstring) are both sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich has posted six straight home victories in the Champions League and has won 12 of its last 13 European outings at the Allianz Arena.
- The Bavarian outfit has never lost to Real Madrid at home (W8, D1). Munich's overall record against Madrid is W10, D2, L6.
- The clubs have met each other in four previous European Cup semifinals, with Bayern prevailing three times (1976, 1987, 2001) to Madrid's one (2000).
- Jupp Heynckes, who won the Champions League in his solitary season at the Madrid helm in 1997-98, has never beaten Spanish opposition over two legs as a coach.
- Real Madrid is unbeaten in this season's Champions League and, with just six goals conceded, has the best defensive record of the teams still involved in the tournament.
- The Castilian giants have recorded just one victory on German soil in 22 attempts (W1, D6, L15) - a 3-2 success over Bayer Leverkusen in 2000-01.
- Madrid is making a record 23rd semifinal appearance in Europe's elite club competition and is seeking to reach its 13th final.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has struck 14 Liga hat tricks for Madrid, two more than Ferenc Puskas' tally for the club, but still well behind Alfredo Di Stefano's record (22).
Top 3 Predictions
Bayern 1-2 Real Madrid
- 15 %
Bayern 2-1 Real Madrid
- 13.2 %
Bayern 1-3 Real Madrid
- 11.08 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 25, 2012||Real Madrid 2 - Bayern 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 17, 2012||Bayern 2 - Real Madrid 1|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Aug 13, 2010||Bayern 2 - Real Madrid 4|
|Dec 7, 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - Bayern 7||BUN|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - Bayern 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Bayern 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||BUN|
|Nov 27, 2013||CSKA Moscow 1 - Bayern 3||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Bayern 3||BUN|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
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