Real vs Bayern
Real vs Bayern/ Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid/ Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid live/ Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich/ Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich live stream/ Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, two heavyweights of European soccer, battle on Wednesday in the Champions League quarterfinals. The first-leg match will take place at the home of Bayern as both look for a leg up after the first 90 minutes. Here’s what to know.
What’s at stake: A chance to get a nice advantage after the first leg. Bayern will look to win while not concede, while Real’s plan will be to get a couple away goals and head back to the Iberian Peninsula with confidence and momentum.
Player to watch: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, who had two goals at the weekend. He is tall and strong which is needed against Sergio Ramos and Pepe. Expect the Polish striker to get some good looks on goal, and if he can finish, Bayern will be in great shape.
Prediction: The first thing that comes to mind is that 2013-14 semifinal between the two where Real crushed Bayern 5-0 over two legs. Many of the players on that German team are still on the squad and remember what that result was like. They get a little payback in the first leg. Bayern 3, Real Madrid 2.
Bayern Munich hosts Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal matchup.
Bayern convincingly knocked off Arsenal in the previous round, and Madrid advanced past Napoli before being drawn into the highest-profile matchup of this round, as the Spanish and German league leaders face off.
Real Madrid is aiming to win its third Champions League title in four years. The club beat Bayern Munich in the semifinals in 2014.
Bayern Munich last won the Champions League in 2013.
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When he heard the big news of the Champions League quarterfinal draw – that Bayern Munich and Real Madrid would meet in the last eight in a matchup worthy of the June 3 final in Cardiff – Bixente Lizarazu reacted the way most of the clubs’ supporters did.
“I said, ‘Again?’ ” the former Bayern left back recalled. “It’s always Madrid-Bayern. I don’t know what’s going on with the draw, but it’s always Madrid-Bayern.”
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The teams have met 22 times previously in Europe’s top club competition, their last encounter coming in a 2014 Champions League semifinal which Real won 5-0 on aggregate en route to its 10th European crown. The powerhouses have won a combined 16 continental titles, with Real’s 11 championships being the most ever in Europe.
The rivalry resumes Wednesday when Real Madrid visits Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg of the teams’ much-anticipated quarterfinal.
“They’re always great games,” Lizarazu said. “It’s the Clasico of the Champions League
But Lizarazu, now a brand ambassador for Bayern, believes the quarterfinal will ultimately be decided by how well the teams fare in midfield and their defensive thirds.
“The question is also the defense,” the 47-year-old explained. “Because you must find the good balance between the offense and the defense.
“And then there’s the quality in the middle to get the ball. It will be a big fight in the middle to get the ball. Because both teams like to have the ball. But again you must be the team that makes the (fewer) mistakes in defense because the quality in offense is fantastic for both teams.”
Lizarazu’s former France teammate, Zinedine Zidane, has done a remarkable job as Real Madrid manager. Four months after taking over for Rafa Benitez in January 2016, Zidane guided Real to European title No. 11, and he has Los Blancos looking to make history as the Champions League era’s first-ever repeat winner.
But Zidane’s former boss at Real could very well ruin those plans. First-year Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, who mentored Zidane while the player transitioned to coaching in Madrid, endured his own adjustment period in Munich before getting the Bavarians back on track for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga crown.
Lizarazu credits Ancelotti’s exceptional man-management skills.
“He’s managing very well the psychology of the player. And, for me, it is the most important thing if you are a good player,” Lizarazu said of Ancelotti. “It’s not a question of tactics. It’s not a question of the physical preparation. It’s managing the brain of the player – that the player feels good.”
“I think now he knows the players very well,” Lizarazu added. “The club is improving in the good moment of the season – the moment where you can win everything or lose everything