Real Madrid will be hosting Bayern Munich for the Second Leg of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals at the Santiago Bernabeu, Tuesday night. Zinedine Zidane’s men did manage to take a distinct advantage out of the first leg by winning the match 1-2 at the Allianz Arena.
The 2 away goals could prove to be crucial in this tie as has been for almost every matchup in the knockout stages of the competition.
The Galacticos have just conceded the league title to their bitter rivals, Barcelona and only have the continental cup as their means of registering silver this campaign. It could give them some bragging rights for winning it three times in a row but Munich are not prepared to let up that easy.
Jupp Heynckes has taken over the Bavarian squad after the incompetence of Ancelotti was done away with. The 72-year-old left the side on a high four seasons back by winning the treble and has been tasked with replicating the same this campaign.
Munich have already lifted the DFB Pokal trophy and the Bundesliga shield. The team might not be full of youthful enthusiasm as they were four seasons back but are still capable of going past the 2-time reigning champions.
Zidane will have to spice up his tactical approach to the game in order to progress to the finals. Here is how the Frenchman might field his team on gameday.
Keylor Navas is the predicted starter in between the sticks well ahead of Kiko Casillas. The 31-year-old has had his questionable moments in the competition but still manages to steal the number one spot every game week.
Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos are expected to start in the centre-half roles.
However, Dani Carvajal is set to miss out on this fixture with a thigh issue. Zidane could favour Lucas Vazquez in the role ahead of Nacho Fernandez. Marcelo is set to appear from the left.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are uncontested starters with Casemiro in the anchor role. The midfield trio will have to resume their creative duties while Isco tries to get rid of a shoulder injury from the sidelines.
A surprise visit from Gareth Bale in the starting lineup will be a sight for sore eyes. The Welshman is fit and ready to go.
He could be accompanied by the Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the final third.