Real Madrid Vs Bayern Munich Live: Bayern Munich bring a 2-1 goal deficit with them to the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday for the second leg of their fateful Champions League semifinals contest with Real Madrid. They created far more chances, but finished only one, while conceding two goals and losing three players to injury. Coach Jupp Heynckes and his Bayern team will put everything they have in this game to turn the tables on Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich were mocked on Twitter by Bundesliga rivals Hannover after their midweek defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League, following the Bavarians’ president Uli Hoeness suggesting his team had a “break” in their 3-0 win against Andre Breitenreiter’s team last weekend.
Real went into the first leg in Munich fully rested after almost a week away from the action. The Champions League holders didn’t play last weekend while Bayern had to travel to northern Germany for their match with Hannover on Saturday.
Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal and Isco are definitely out of next Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg at home to Bayern Munich, and could be ruled out for the rest of the season.
Spain playmaker Isco picked up a shoulder problem very early in the 2-1 first-leg victory in Munich, and was replaced at the break by youngster Marco Asensio who went on to net the winner.
Carvajal suffered a hamstring injury midway through the second half while marking Franck Ribery, with winger Lucas Vazquez dropping back to fill in for the remainder of the game.
Following tests on Friday morning the club have confirmed that both players are injured, without giving any likely recovery time. Isco’s shoulder injury has been confirmed as a “left acromioclavicular sprain,” while Carvajal has a ” muscular injury in the left femoral biceps hamstring.”
Both face a race against time to be fit for a potential Champions League final date with Liverpool or Roma on May 26.
But Hoeness wasn’t particularly worried about the extra few days rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and company, saying after the routine win against Hannover: “We are also going into the game on the back of a break. Today was a break.”
However, following Bayern’s 2-1 defeat in the first leg against Real, Hannover hit back, tweeting: “Oh dear Bayern – the break wasn’t so good for you, better luck in the second leg.”
Utility defender Nacho Fernandez is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed at Friday’s press conference — meaning that either Vazquez or youngster Achraf Hakimi will take on the right-back role on Tuesday at the Bernabeu.
It feels like we’ve been here before. 2-1 down in the first leg, and Bayern Munich once again have a mountain to climb. Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu are no pushovers, and Bayern will be missing key players. However, it’s the Champions League, and Bayern Munich have to show up. There are no ifs or buts. This is the game of the season.
Bayern come into the game with a plethora of injuries. Let’s see — in the long term, we’re missing Jerome Boateng, Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman, and Manuel Neuer. Arjen Robben is also confirmed to be out, but for a shorter period of time. Apart from that, David Alaba, who missed the first leg, is back in the squad and should be ready to start. On the other side of the tie, Zinedine Zidane will be without the services of attacking midfielder Isco and right back Dani Carvajal. However, Madrid have more than enough depth to deal with their absences.
It doesn’t look great, but we must have hope. Bayern Munich are a world class team with world class players, and Jupp Heynckes is our coach. If we are ever going to beat Madrid, then today is the day.
Asensio should keep his place in the team, but Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will both be hoping to earn a recall, with the final selection depending on which tactical formation Zidane decides on.
Both Benzema and Bale are likely to start Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Leganes, with Zidane expected to rest a number of key first teamers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.