Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Odds : All set for Champions League cracker at Allianz with tie finely poised
Bayern Munich will look to seal their place in their third successive Champions League final when they welcome Real Madrid to the Allianz Arena later today.
However do so the German side will have to overcome their first leg defeat.
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The Bavarian giants trail Carlo Ancelotti’s side 1-0 after the opening 90 minutes with Karim Benzema’s first half effort the difference between the two sides.
Despite boasting an array of attacking talent it was the defensive side of Real’s game which earned all the plaudits with the strong performance of the back four and the Xabi Alonso the key to the Spanish side’s success.
While the tie is finely poised, Real have the advantage at the moment, however Ancelotti is not taking anything for granted ahead of the second leg.
“We play against a great team. We just have a small advantage” The Italian said.
“We are not stupid to think that we have already won. This will be a very tough encounter.
“We were a bit shy at the beginning of the first leg. It will be dangerous if we start like that again.”
Bayern came in for criticism from some quarters for their failure to turn possession into goals and Pep Guardiola wants his side to pose more of a threat in the final third on Tuesday night.
“We’re 1-0 down, but nothing’s decided yet,” Guardiola said. “We’ll need to score two or three goals though.
“We need to be more threatening in the return leg. I haven’t decided yet what changed I will make.”
Guardiola is likely to have to deal with the threat of Gareth Bale following the Welshman’s recovery from the illness that saw him miss the 4-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend.
Bale is set to start up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema with Alvaro Arbeloa, Jese Rodriguez and Sami Khedira (all knee) the only absentees.
Bayern meanwhile will have Rafinha available again after he missed the 5-2 weekend win over Bremen due to suspension however Holger Badstuber (knee) and Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) both miss out.