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Real Madrid v Bayern preview: Zinedine Zidane wants holders to attack Bavarians

01 May 2018

The Bavarians fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat in the first-leg to Zinedine Zidane's men last week, as the Los Blancos managed to grab two vital away goals.

Madrid is trying to win a third straight European title, and fourth in five seasons.

However, Zidane and Madrid have experience of being on the wrong end of a Bayern backlash, having found themselves in the same situation at the quarter-final stage last season. "We will need a huge performance". "I don't know if what happened to us against Juventus (in the quarter-finals) and Bayern past year helps us". Isco is all but out of the equation after failing to overcome injury, leaving Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio - and Vazquez if he doesn't play in defence - contesting the remaining spots.

"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".

Madrid also relinquished its lead against Bayern in the quarterfinals last season, when it also won 2-1 in Munich in the first leg. There are many doubts about Zinedine Zidane as a coach, not least over his seeming inability to set a team up to control a game - which was what nearly allowed Juve's improbable comeback in the quarters - but where he excels is in his substitutions.

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"In the dressing rooms, you can see how much we want it, and we'll put in 100 percent of what we have". In 12 of them, the stronger was the real world, even in the 11-year - Bavaria. The winger and his Bayern team-mates fly to Madrid on Monday vowing to upset the odds.

The 26-year-old was withdrawn prematurely during the first leg clash at the Allianz Arena after suffering an arm injury in the first half.

Zidane has encouraged Real fans to create an atmosphere that can drag his side to the Champions League final. He once scored four goals in one game against Madrid for Borussia Dortmund. "We will get our chances in Madrid".

I don't think Jerome Boateng, David Alaba or Arjen Robben will make it, which dents Bayern's chances, but I suspect they may take the tie to extra time, only for Ronaldo to deliver the decisive victor and swing the Ballon d'Or back in his favour over Mohamed Salah again.

Real Madrid v Bayern preview: Zinedine Zidane wants holders to attack Bavarians