Real Madrid keen to make advantage count against Bayern


After losing the first leg 2-1 in Munich, they won by the same margin over 90 minutes in Madrid only to bow out 6-3 on aggregate after losing 4-2 after extra time.

Last season, admittedly, was hard: Madrid had to beat Napoli, Bayern, Atletico and Juventus in the knockout stages. We know what to expect - that's the reason we need to be well prepared and put in a big performance ourselves.

"I'll obviously keep doing all I can to stay on track [to play]".

"It's possible he could come on later on and play alongside Lewandowski".

When comparing Real's achievements to those of their more recent counterparts, they still outshine the likes of the mid-2000s Milan side or the early 2010s Barca side.

"The key for us - and what we have to do - is to think about winning the game, about going onto the pitch wanting to do that".

The German champions lost the first leg 2-1 at home last Wednesday having taken the lead, spurning a host of chances and allowing the Spanish side back into the game.

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Real Madrid stand on the brink of football immortality.

That is not a sustainable strategy over the course of a full season, which is why Madrid have won only two league titles in the past 10 years.

Real Madrid are two matches away from a third consecutive Champions League title, and with it, the status of "greatest club team of all time".

"We've grown greatly and have an important goal that we want to achieve". Isco picked up a shoulder injury in the first leg and has not been named in the squad for Tuesday's return leg. Nacho Fernandez may feature in the squad after recovering from his right ankle injury.

David Alaba missed the first leg with a thigh injury, but has returned to training in time for the second leg and is likely to feature. The winger and his Bayern team-mates fly to Madrid on Monday vowing to upset the odds.

Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 41 Champions League games at the Bernabeu, last failing to find the net in April 2011 against Barcelona (0-2).

Ronaldo's 15 goals in this year's competition have certainly been key, but it was Zidane who made the fearless call to leave out Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema at the Allianz Arena against Bayern.