Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

Madrid's only loss in 23 games at the Santiago Bernabeu was in January, when Celta Vigo won 2-1 in the Copa del Rey.

"There'll be a test on Monday night", Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said before the team departed for Madrid on Monday.

"Our fans always give us a plus, especially in games like this one", manager Zinedine Zidane.

Arjen Robben believes it possible for Bayern to salvage something in the match against Madrid, despite losing the first leg 2-1 at home.

"We are not going to change the way we play, but Lewandowski is a player that scores a lot of goals and having him back gives us a lot of confidence". "It won't be easy, we're the underdogs".

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, but looks set to be fit for the Bernabeu clash. Their two defeats during that time were against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4).

Bayern have lost eight of their last 10 away games against Real in all competitions (W2), including the last five. We know they can harm the rival but they have also flaws, like all the teams.

Bayern Munich conceded 12 shots on target in the first leg against Real, more than in any other Champions League game since Opta analysis began on the competition in 2003/04.

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has warned his players they can not afford to let Cristiano Ronaldo out of sight when they take on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. We must focus above all on what we can do ourselves. It is not over yet; they have got quality players who are risky.

Isco looks to be the best placed to step into Bale's boots in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after a wonderful display in Madrid's 3-2 win away to Sporting Gijon on Saturday, but the 24-year-old has played just 70 minutes in the Champions League this season.

Kroos is a key player for Real, who are looking to win La Liga and the Champions League this season.

Gareth Bale played at the Allianz Arena but will not face Bayern in Tuesday's second leg.

That leaves Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez as the pairing at the heart of the defence for Real, who are also without forward Gareth Bale owing to his calf injury.

The Welshman has a muscle injury in his right leg and Zidane, while wanting to bring him back, says he will not rush the star forward back to action.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals for Madrid in the come-from-behind win in the first leg, becoming the first player to reach 100 goals in European competition.

"He has trained with the squad without any problems".

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