The problem with being a lone horse in a race is that it loses the motivation to perform at its best. Lack of competition gives it every honour in the book but it also results in the horse losing its edge to perform and fight. The best case example of this can be seen in France with Paris Saint Germain.
The Middle-east owners at the club brought in a wealth of fortune to Paris and the team now boasts of world-class players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria to name a few.
They have been nothing short of perfect in the domestic league. They have not only beaten their opponents but humiliated them on every occasion. They have thrashed teams by score lines of 5-6 goals at their will and made a mockery of the whole league.
However, what it did was slow down their tempo and they were caught off guard in Europe. In the UEFA Champions league when they faced Real Madrid they were thrashed 5-1. Madrid will be hoping to use the same ploy when they take on German giants Bayern Munich this time.
However, Bayern are a long-standing club and despite having an easy time domestically every year they somehow know how to turn on the style in Europe as well. They have won the Champions League recently and are always one of the heavier teams to face in Europe. They are now preparing for a semi-final clash against the formidable Real Madrid who are the current two-time champions of the competition.
Bayern lost their group to Paris Saint Germain but have been extremely lucky with their opponents so far facing Besiktas and Sevilla on their way to the semis. They will now need to turn up the volume otherwise face the irk of Madrid on them.
Jupp Heynckes will know the severity of the match and having won the Champions League previously with Bayern Munich, he will know how to do it again.
Here is how his team might line up.
Sven Ulreich can be expected in goal. A four-man defence of Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and David Alaba can be seen in front of him.
A three man midfield of Javi Martinez, Thiago and James Rodriguez can be operating on the night.
Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller can be expected on the wings with Robert Lewandowski as the central forward.