Bayern Munich will play Real Madrid in a Uefa Champions League semi-final, first leg match at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening. These two European super clubs have met 22 times previously in the European Cup, and this match promises to be a classic if the talent on parade by both teams is taken into consideration.
Real Madrid is hoping to win the Champions League for an unprecedented third year in a row, but can the Bavarians truncate this dream as both teams lock horns in what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
The Los Blancos managed to escape elimination in the hands of Juventus in the quarter-finals, it took a late and very controversial penalty scored by Christiano Ronaldo deep into added time to rescue Real Madrid from the brink of defeat while Bayern ghosted past Sevilla to grab a spot in the last four.
If there is one player that should send jitters down the spine of Bayern Munich’s defenders then that player has to be Christiano Ronaldo, he has scored in every Champions League match this season, and has 15 Champions League goals to his credit this season.
Likewise, the attacking talent at the disposal of Jupp Heynckes Bayern’s coach is equally lethal and fearsome, they should give the vulnerable looking Madrid’s defence a whole lot to worry or think about in Wednesday’s game. The Los Blancos and the Bavarians share similar head to head records in European Cup meetings with eleven wins and two draws apiece.
The last time both teams met was in the quarter-final of last season Uefa Champions League competition, Madrid won the tie 6-3 on aggregate, the first leg ended 2-1 in favour of the Los Blancos at the Allianz Arena and they wrapped up the tie with a 4-2 thrashing of the Bavarians at the Bernabeu.
When it comes to the Semi-Final stage of the Champions League, both teams have met four times between 1999 to date. They share two wins each, Bayern won 3-1 on aggregate in the 2000/01 season and in the 2011/12 season Bayern won the Semi-Final tie on penalties.
Madrid won the 1999/2000 Semi-Final fixture 3-2 on aggregate and in the 2013/14 season, Real Madrid annihilated Bayern 5-0 on aggregate. This season Jupp Heynckes and his men have been in a terrific form both in the German Bundesliga and in Europe while Real Madrid has endured a torrid time in the Spanish La Liga.
This match is delicately poised and could tilt in any direction, The Los Merengues who already have twelve Champions League trophies will be playing in their eight straight Semi-Finals and will hope to be Champions of Europe for the third consecutive season.
The Bavarians have five trophies in their history will be aiming for their sixth Champions League silverware and if they win, it will be their first in five years.