October 24, 2017

Champions League Preview – Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid will travel to the fortress that is the Allianz Arena tonight to take on current European champions, Bayern Munich which should be a clash between two Goliaths of European football.

The Galácticos currently have the ascendancy in the tie due to 1-0 victory in Spain last week. The winner was scored by the French international, Karim Benzema during the first half.

To win the coveted Champion’s League trophy which had alluded Real Madrid for the past 12 years, they most firstly conquer Bayern Munich where they have lost nine of their 10 games. The Bavarians will definitely offer stiff opposition to their Spanish counterparts.

Both sides have mixed fortunes in their domestic leagues. The home side swept aside all challengers in their pursuit of Bundesliga title. They have accumulated an astounding 84 points after 32 games, are currently 19 points in front of Borussia Dortmund. Pep Guardiola’s side won the title won their second title on the bounce after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 on the 25th March.

Amazingly they had seven games remaining when they got the hands on the trophy. Overall they have had a superb season, they beat Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, and they also were named World champions after beating Moroccan side Raja Casablanca 2-0 thanks to goals from Dante and Thiago. The world’s best side also have the DFC-Pokal final to look forward to where they take on Borussia Dortmund.

In contrast Real Madrid are currently third in the La Liga with 82 points after 34 games and are 6 points of first place in La Liga. Adding insult to injury the current side at the top of the table are their City rivals, Athletico Madrid. The Spanish giants though have already won one game this season as they beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Ray final thanks to Gareth Bale’s quality solo run to win them the game.

Both these sides clashed at the same stage two years ago, when Bayern overcome their opponents after a penalty shoot-out victory.

Bayern Munich will compete without Xhedren Shaqiri – thigh, Holger Badstuber – knee and Tom Starke – elbow. Former Barcelona man, Thiago Alcantara is currently training again but it not fully fit. Brazilian defender, Rafinha is now available for selection after been absent during their weekend victory over Werder Bremen due to suspension.

Real Madrid will have influential Welshman, Gareth Bale back after he missed Madrid’s weekend victory over Osasuna due to flu.

They will though have to play without midfield-dynamo Sami Khedira and also  Alvaro Arbeloa and young prodigy Jese Rodriguez as they all have knee injuries and remain on the sidelines.

Bayern Munich semifinal record – 10 wins and five defeats (uefa.com):

2012/13 FC Barcelona, won 7-0 (4-0 h, 3-0 a)
2011/12 Real Madrid CF, 3-3, won 3-1 on penalties (2-1 h, 1-2 a)
2009/10 Olympique Lyonnais, won 4-0 (1-0 h, 3-0 a)
2000/01 Real Madrid CF, won 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
1999/00 Real Madrid CF, lost 2-3 (0-2 a, 2-1 h)
1998/99 FC Dynamo Kyiv, won 4-3 (3-3 a, 1-0 h)
1994/95 AFC Ajax, lost 2-5 (0-0 h, 2-5 a)
1990/91 FK Crvena zvezda, lost 3-4 (1-2 h, 2-2 a)
1989/90 AC Milan 2-2, lost on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h)
1986/87 Real Madrid CF, won 4-2 (4-1 h, 0-1 a)
1981/82 PFC CSKA Sofia, won 7-4 (3-4 a, 4-0 h)
1980/81 Liverpool FC, 1-1, lost on away goals (0-0 a, 1-1 h)
1975/76 Real Madrid CF, won 3-1 (1-1 a, 2-0 h)
1974/75 AS Saint-Étienne, won 2-0 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1973/74 Újpest FC, won 4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)

Real Madrid semifinal record (12 wins, 12 Losses): 

Their semi-final record is W12 L12:
2012/13 Borussia Dortmund, lost 3-4 (1-4 a, 2-0 h)
2011/12 FC Bayern München, 3-3, lost 1-3 on penalties (1-2 a, 2-1 h)
2010/11 FC Barcelona, lost 1-3 (0-2 h, 1-1 a)
2002/03 Juventus, lost 3-4 (2-1 h, 1-3 a)
2001/02 FC Barcelona, won 3-1 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
2000/01 FC Bayern München, lost 1-3 (0-1 h, 1-2 a)
1999/00 FC Bayern München, won 3-2 (2-0 h, 1-2 a)
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund, won 2-0 (2-0 h, 0-0 a)
1988/89 AC Milan, lost 1-6 (1-1 h, 0-5 a)
1987/88 PSV Eindhoven 1-1, lost on away goals (1-1 h, 0-0 a)
1986/87 FC Bayern München, lost 2-4 (1-4 a, 1-0 h)
1980/81 FC Internazionale Milano, won 2-1 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
1979/80 Hamburger SV, lost 3-5 (2-0 h, 1-5 a)
1975/76 FC Bayern München, lost 1-3 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
1972/73 AFC Ajax, lost 1-3 (1-2 a, 0-1 h)
1967/68 Manchester United FC, lost 3-4 (0-1 a, 3-3 h)
1965/66 FC Internazionale Milano, won 2-1 (1-0 h, 1-1 a)
1963/64 FC Zürich, won 8-1 (2-1 a, 6-0 h)
1961/62 R. Standard de Liège, won 6-0 (4-0 h, 2-0 a)
1959/60 FC Barcelona, won 6-2 (3-1 h, 3-1 a)
1958/59 Club Atlético de Madrid, won replay 2-1 (2-1 h, 0-1 a)
1957/58 Vasas SC, won 4-2 (4-0 h, 0-2 a)
1956/57 Manchester United FC, won 5-3 (3-1 h, 2-2 a)
1955/56 AC Milan, won 5-4 (4-2 h, 1-2 a)

Bayern’s shoot-out record in UEFA competitions is W5 L1:

5-4 v Chelsea FC, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
3-4 v Chelsea FC, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidabergs FF, 1973/74 European Cup first round

Madrid’s shoot-out record is W1 L2:

1-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round
5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals

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