Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid First Leg Preview

Following a 3-1 dismantling by Bayern Munich of a completely disorganized Manchester United, the Bavarian Giants have seen their way through to the UEFA Champions League Semifinals for the third year running. Their opposite number, A powerful Real Madrid side fresh from a victory in the Copa del Rey and a 3-2 aggregate victory against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter finals, will pose a significant threat to German title hopes.

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Real Madrid, trailing behind league leaders Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Primera are without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who is out with a knee injury might also miss Gareth Bale who is out with the flu. This will leave Los Blancos without their best attacking players. Bayern Munich will be missing Thiago Alacantra and Xherdan Shaquiri who are both out with injuries.

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Key Players: Real Madrid

Karim Benzema
Angel Di Maria
Xabi Alonso
Luka Modric

Key Players: Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer
Phillip Lahm
Thomas Müller
Franck Ribery

Prediction
The semi final match which will be played in the Santiago Bernebeu Stadium in Madrid will most likely lean towards Real Madrid who have an excellent record at home. Bayern will have a job getting past Madrid’s defense headed by seasoned veteran Pepe. Bayern’s tendency to play through their wings will be countered will by Madrid who play similarly on the counterattack. A major problem for Madrid tonight will be the possible benching of Gareth Bale. Angel Di Maria can and will add significant firepower down the wings, but Bale and Ronaldo’s pace and strength are irreplaceable. Bayern on the other hand, will fly down the wings with power in the form of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Bayern’ midfield will contest Madrid’s in every way possible. Expect this match to be even in terms of playing and skill but slightly towards Madrid in terms of Home Advantage. Madrid will pull through 1-0.

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