Champions League second leg preview: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will meet again in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals tomorrow night at the Bernabeu.

Nothing can currently separate the two sides after a 2-2 draw in the first leg at the Allianz Arena. Real Madrid took the lead in the first half through a Vinicius Junior goal only for Leroy Sane to equalise with a thunderous near post strike and then Harry Kane to give them the lead with a penalty. Madrid fought back though and found their equaliser through a Vinicius penalty.

Real Madrid are recently coming off the back of winning the La Liga title for the 36th time which is comfortably more Spanish titles than any other club.

This was due to a win over Cadiz which was followed by defeat for Barcelona against Girona.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now avoided defeat in their last 20 matches, with their last loss coming in the Copa del Rey against Atletico Madrid in January.

Bayern Munich have not been able to gain the momentum that they would have liked going into this fixture as they suffered a 3-1 defeat Stuttgart at the weekend.

Despite this Thomas Tuchel’s side have been are fully focused on the Champions League since losing out on the league and will need to tighten up their defence as they have not kept a single clean sheet away from home in 2024.

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Thibaut Courtois returned in goal for Real Madrid at weekend in the win over Cadiz and is now likely to replace Andriy Lunin as the goalkeeper for Wednesday as well.

Dani Carvajal missed the first leg due to suspension but is now available.

Former Bayern Munich player David Alaba will be the only absentee for Real Madrid.

As for Bayern Munich they continue to have plenty of injury issues to deal with.

Raphael Guerreiro will now miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury he picked up at the weekend against Stuttgart.

Eric Dier also came off at half time against Stuttgart with a thigh injury but the substitution was seen as a caution.

Kinglsey Coman remains a doubt but has returned to training after completing a light running session on Monday.

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Matthjis de Ligt has returned to the squad after suffering with a knee injury.

Sacha Boey, Bouna Sarr and Tarek Buchmann remain out injured.

GGFN | Matthew Gritton


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