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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Match preview

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Match preview

After both dousing English hopes of Champions League stardom, German giants Bayern Munich and Spanish titans Real Madrid clash in the first leg of an exhilarating semi-final at Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich, under the helm of departing coach Thomas Tuchel, are looking to salvage their season with European glory. Despite a turbulent domestic campaign, their Champions League form has been resolute, with a hard-fought victory over Arsenal in the quarter-finals.

Led by Harry Kane, Bayern’s attack poses a constant threat, especially at home, where they boast an impressive unbeaten streak. However, injuries have marred Bayern’s preparations, as Dayot Upamecano and Kingsley Coman are both sidelined for this game. Thus, the Bavarians will put their defensive resilience to the test against a Real Madrid side known for their attacking expertise.

Conversely, Real Madrid, under the direction of the seasoned Carlo Ancelotti, have arrived in Munich brimming with confidence. Their recent successes in La Liga, including a crucial Clasico win, have propelled them to the brink of domestic glory. In the Champions League, they displayed nerves of steel,

Real’s strength lies in their depth and adaptability. With players like Jude Bellingham, they possess the tools to unlock Bayern’s defense. Real Madrid’s track record in crucial games cannot be undervalued, despite Bayern’s impressive home record in Europe.

Real Madrid were counting their lucky stars to come away with all three points from their battle with Sociedad, but Ancelotti saw fit to rest many of his first-team regulars, and there is no doubt which semi-finalist will be in better shape on Tuesday.

While the Kane-inspired hosts are always a threat in the final third, Bayern’s unenviable injury situation should catch up to them in the first leg against a Real side who almost always find a way in the Champions League. We can expect Los Blancos to take a slender lead back to the Spanish capital for the second leg from this game.