CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Tue: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

Bayern Munich host the Guardiola conquerors in the shape of Real Madrid for an exciting Champions League semi-final, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

Bayern Munich arrive at the Quarter-finals after making it past Arteta’s Arsenal in the previous round 3-2 – rightly so after missing out on a penalty from an absurd Gabriel handball in the first leg.

Normal service has resumed for Harry Kane who has netted three of the six Bayern goals in the Champions League playoffs so far after four matches and is just one away from Mbappe on the other side of the draw to be top goalscorer. 

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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
Champions League
Allianz Arena
20.00

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
JUL 2019 CHAMPIONS CUP Bayern Munich 3-1 Real Madrid
MAY 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich
APR 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid
APR 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 1-1 (3-0ET) Real Madrid
APR 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid
AUG 2016 CHAMPIONS CUP Bayern Munich 0-1 Real Madrid
AUG 2015 AUDI CUP Bayern Munich 1-0 Real Madrid

Bayern were the best in the second leg against Arsenal with nearly double the goal attempts and the eye test tells you that they had by far the best chances, supported by having 1.44 Expected Goals compared to the Gunners’ 0.60.

The German side missed Gnabry that day who scored a neat goal in the first leg – his return should see Tuchel’s attacking midfield side to better effect.

I fancied Bayern to beat Arsenal in both legs, and with the form of Arsenal taking a nosedive in recent weeks as seen by losing to Aston Villa and relying on penalties to beat Porto the month prior, it’s slightly concerning that it took as long as it did to overcome a Gunners side clearly incapable of winning a Premier League title.

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Madrid’s victory against Manchester City was eerily reminiscent of their fixture at a similar stage of the tournament two years ago. 

Despite having much more of the ball, and the Madrid players looking motionless after 120 minutes, City managed to lose the fixture in penalties thanks to Silva and Kovacic letting the side down.

The residents of the Bernabéu seem to have a natural inclination for this competition as they look to win it for the second time in three years. Their winning season in the 21/22 season was amidst a La Liga winning campaign with a tally of 86 points – 13 clear of Barcelona. 

This season is the same story with correlating performances once again and they’re already on a winnable tally of 84 and 11 clear with five games to play, meaning they might just be better than ever this season. 

VERDICT
Madrid’s ability to get past City is surely superior form in this fixture and ? to win the first leg with starsports.bet is simply too big for a side that are on top of the world right now. Losing Benzema hasn’t dented their attacking prowess and I’m expecting a forward line of Bellingham giving service to Vinicius and Rodrygo too strong for a recently dethroned Bayern Munich.


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