Real Madrid have had a long-struggling season. They finished the last season on a high when they beat everyone in the domestic and European circuit to claim both the La Liga Santander trophy and the UEFA Champions League title. Their star man Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon D’Or and Zinedine Zidane, the club legend, had guided Madrid to one of their more successful seasons in his very first full season in charge. It seemed like they were set to dominate.
However, they began the new season rather poorly with their La Liga title defence going astray. To make matters worse for them, their arch-rivals Barcelona had a fantastic start despite losing Neymar owing to some individual brilliance from Lionel Messi. As Madrid continued to struggle in the league, their hopes of defending the La Liga trophy faded fast and Barcelona had pulled away too far.
In Europe, they managed to keep their wits about them just enough to qualify from their group albeit finishing second to Tottenham Hotspur after losing to Spurs in the group stage at Wembley. In the quarterfinals, they faced high-flying Paris Saint Germain. However, the Parisian were blown away by the experience of Madrid. Neymar and company failed to make a dent on Madrid and Real won the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
Up next for Zidane’s men were Juventus in the quarter-final stage. Madrid played some smart, solid football and exposed Juventus’ naivety in dealing with Ronaldo as they ended up 3-0 winners in the first leg. The second leg saw some terrible defending from Madrid who were losing 3-0 until the last minute penalty from Ronaldo saw them go through 4-3.
They are now up against another force in the form of German giants Bayern Munich. The Bavarians have already wrapped up their league title and will want to stop the destructive Madrid force which has crushed everything in their path.
Madrid will be buoyed by the return of their captain Sergio Ramos and this is how they will want to line up.
Keylor Navas should be in goal with Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos as the two centre-backs. Marcelo should be operating from left wing back with Daniel Carvajal as the right wing back.
Casemiro can be expected to sit behind while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos run the show from midfield.
Isco can be expected on the right wing with Karim Benzema as the forward and Cristiano Ronaldo as the left winger.