Potential Real Madrid lineup against Bayern Munich


While it appears a daunting prospect against the back-to-back European champions, Madrid did lose 3-1 at home to Juventus in the last round and also trailed Bayern 2-1 after 90 minutes in last season's quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich legend and Champions League victor with the club in 2001, Bixente Lizarazu says Bayern Munich have to play "the flawless game" against Real Madrid in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo is a surefire starter and Karim Benzema should return to the side, but Zidane must choose between Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale, who didn't get off the bench in Munich.

"We all want revenge and have all vowed to give it absolutely everything in Madrid".

"Real are undoubtedly the benchmark in world football".

Franz Beckenbauer, like Kahn part of the large chorus of former Bayern captains who cast stern verdicts from a media podium, wonders if "our players have a sort of complex when they play Real Madrid".

Bayern will hope to have David Alaba back fit for this game after he missed the first leg, while Arjen Robben, who was forced off through injury, should be fit to play.

With 2 away-goal advantage, Real Madrid are the favourites to make it to the final in Kiev, but with the quality Bayern Munich possess in their ranks, you can not rule them out.

Brazilian Giovane Elber in action for Bayern Munich in 2006.

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.

Real Madrid is anxious despite holding a 2-1 advantage over Bayern Munich from the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Niklas Sule replaced him and is expected to do so again on Tuesday. While the Bayern bosses have backed Lewandowski to come out good, it remains to be seen if the 29-year-old repays the faith with a solitary performance.

Bayern's midfield will try to push forward and close down their opposite numbers quickly, but Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara must offer more passing quality than last week, when they both frequently conceded possession.

In the Champions League era, Real Madrid have been the dominant club with six titles since 1992. A 3-2 loss, however, would send Bayern Munich through to the final.

Online stream of the match will be held in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, will start may 1 at 21.45 Kyiv time.

Given the fact that Real Madrid have two away goals from the first leg, it is fundamental that Bayern Munich score at least two.

Rodriguez left because he wanted to play more often. "The mood in the team is very, very good". Bayern need to make them think it's slipping through their fingers by scoring two early and not letting up.