Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Casemiro: More to Bayern than Lewandowski

Bayern face familiar Champions League fate in Madrid Robben: Bayern Must Score, The First Chance We Get Against Madrid
Sammy Stanley | 18 April, 2017, 01:22

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.

All five previous teams winning 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round.

Zidane admitted it was "surprising", Isco had played so little, but said there were more important games before the end of the season.

"The first chance we get on Tuesday, we have to score!" the 33-year-old explained to Bild. An early goal would give Bayern the ideal platform to take the game to Real, who are unbeaten in Europe's elite club competition this season.

"Small details decided the first leg and we have to focus on those", said Ancelotti. "It won't be easy, we're the underdogs".

"We can't think about the first leg, that has already gone", said Zidane. The first leg has already been played and we know the problems Bayern will create, they'll make it hard until the referee blows for full time.

For Madrid the match comes five days before a Clasico which could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the title race, with the capital club boasting a three-point lead over Barca, with a game in hand. "It will be very hard in Madrid but we still have confidence".

Progression for Madrid would put them a step closer to becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League, and give Zinedine Zidane an incredible two triumphs in his first two seasons as coach. Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid in the final both in 2014 and 2016.

"Without a doubt he is a great player", Madrid defensive midfielder Casemiro said of the Poland striker. We'll prepare ourselves well. It is not over yet; they have got quality players who are unsafe.

UEFA have appointed Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai as the man in charge for the return leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich. We know Lewandowski is a real No. 9, the player he is.

Lewandowski has seven Champions League goals, level with Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and only behind Barcelona's Lionel Messi (11) and Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani (8). Defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane also have been ruled out because of injuries.

Real Madrid have scored minimum two goals in each of their nine Champions League games this season.

"I'm doing well", said Lewandowski, who trained with the rest of the squad on Sunday.

Javi Martinez is suspended following his red card in the first leg and Mats Hummels (ankle) and Jerome Boateng (thigh) face late fitness tests.

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