Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Real must heed Juventus lesson to beat Bayern: Zidane

Real must heed Juventus lesson to beat Bayern: Zidane

The absence of Carvajal means Zidane is likely to turn to Lucas Vazquez.

Madrid is also certain to be without midfielder Isco, who did not recover from a shoulder sprain sustained in the first leg in Germany. On current form, it's surely Asensio in line to start, and Bale's only hope is if he favours using Ronaldo upfront and omits Benzema, therefore allowing Bale into the starting XI.

"Real are undoubtedly the benchmark in world football".

Otherwise, this should be the same XI as last week.

Bayern continued to press in an attempt to cancel out the deficit but were unable to get the better of Keylor Navas. There was minimal attacking cohesion on either side; both were very laboured and appeared nervous, too afraid to make a real stamp on the game.

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring the sixth goal against Borussia Dortmund on 31 March 2018. A colleague of mine said for Bayern to beat Real, everything needs to be ideal.

Call it revenge for last season's infamous ouster or as a tribute to Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich will be up for this Herculean task better than ever before.

Subs: Tom Starke, Rafinha, Niklas Dorsch, Juan Bernat, Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Sule, Sandro Wagner. And yet a unusual sense lingers that, and there is no sophisticated way of putting this, they are not really very good. His battle with Casemiro could be key.

For this reason, Bayern should be looking to attacking options - Thiago and James Rodriguez should play, as should Muller, Ribery and Lewandowksi. Once with Bayern Munich and again with the team the Bavarians faced in the semi-finals, Real Madrid. 'For now I'm with Bayern and I'm happy. "He'd like to score more, but he's training and playing hard". "The mood in the team is very, very good".

However, while Klopp and Liverpool have taken the first step towards achieving that, Heynckes and his side are still as far away from the final as Kiev is from Munich. "No need to take chances, to play on the back foot, nor to do anything odd".

That doesn't mean the tie is done and dusted.

"Of course we were disappointed after being up five goals, but if anybody had offered me a three-goal margin ahead of the match, I would have taken it".

Bayern Munich warmed up for the second leg with a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a Bundesliga fixture on Saturday, April 28.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have failed to score in the first leg but still has seven goals in his last four games against Bayern and nine in seven overall. But Heynckes, who won one of his two Champions League titles with the Spanish giants in 1998, sounded as if he'd been paying attention to visiting coaches to the Allianz Arena, as he praised his old employers. This game will give him the ideal platform to show all of Europe what he is all about, as he will be tasked with preventing Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring.

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