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Champions League: Bayern-Real, final destination!

Ⓒ AFP – Christof STACHE – | Strong training session for Bayern in Munich on April 24, 2018, on the eve of facing Real Madrid in the Champions League

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid is a gala ticket worthy of a Champions League final. But it is well in the semi-final go that the ambitious contender and the double winner clash Wednesday (20:45) for a chopper match early tunes.

“I guess we’ll come up against Bayern, which we’re still playing against,” Madrid president Florentino Perez prophesied before the draw.

Well done: fate has given birth to a new episode of this football classic at the Allianz-Arena in Munich, between two hundred-year-old institutions that cumulate seventeen C1 (twelve trophies on the Real side, five in Bayern).

Strangely, these two giants have never challenged in the final. But their 25th showdown on Wednesday will be a big date: headliners Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, charismatic coaches Zinédine Zidane and Jupp Heynckes, the prospect of a top game and stake.

“It will be a giant duel in the grand tradition,” said Heynckes on Tuesday, “it will be a match with many world-class players, with passion, emotion, joy and perhaps sadness too. , a match that will be followed by millions of people around the world – a treat for football lovers. ”

To spice up this dish of choice, there is also the suspicion of controversy born of the arbitration of the quarterback 2017 won by the “White House” against Bayern (2-1, 4-2 ap). A memory revived by the penalty of the qualification whistled in favor of Real and at the expense of Juventus two weeks ago (3-0, 1-3).

– Zidane: “We play our season” –

If Zidane considered “insulting” insinuations evoking a biased arbitration, the subject was mentioned at the first question of the press conference of Jupp Heynckes Tuesday.

“My creed is never to approach a match with this kind of thoughts,” said the venerable technician (72), who has the distinction of having won the C1 with Real (1998) as with Bayern (2013).

Ⓒ AFP – JAVIER SORIANO – | Zinedine Zidane and her staff oversee Real Madrid’s training at the Allianz Arena on April 24, 2018 for the match against Bayern Munich

After retiring in the fall to straighten the Bavarian giant, Heynckes is close to reproducing his 2013 masterpiece, this triplet Championship-Coupe-C1 unique in the history of the club. He will then return to spend peaceful days in his home in the Rhine region.

In front of him, Zidane can also boast of having two league champions to his list, the last two. And his Real, although winner of the Supercoupes of Europe and Spain and the World Club, has only the C1 to save an irregular and disappointing end of campaign.

“We play our season, launched the French technician, under contract until 2020. It is a semi-final of the Champions League, we will try to defend our title and motivation will be more than exceptional.”

– The crazy series of Ronaldo –

Ⓒ AFP – Christof STACHE – | Real Madrid’s prolific striker Cristiano Ronaldo prepares shock against Bayern during training session in Munich on April 24, 2018

Since his great coaching debut in 2016, “Coach Zizou” has never lost a double European comparison. He would even be a scarecrow for Bayern, which he eliminated as a player (2002, 2004), as an assistant coach (2014) and then as a senior technician last year.

In addition, his star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is in shape: the top scorer in the history of the Champions League (120 goals in 150 games) remains on two crazy series.

It’s been 11 straight games in C1 that he has scored at least one goal, and this is 12 consecutive games in all competitions that he finds the flaw at each appearance – the best sequence of his career at Real. With 15 goals in this edition, he is not far from his record of 17 goals scored in 2013-2014.

Ⓒ AFP – Paz Pizarro – | UEFA Champions League semi-finals Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, 25 April

But beware of Ronaldo-addiction! The other Madrid strikers are not at best, like Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. And the dynamics of the team could be better, with only one victory over the last four games.

The Munich, they, in contrast seem in great shape, as Lewandowski (7 goals in his last 6 games). “If anyone can beat Real Madrid right now, it’s Bayern,” Bavarian club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned, with only one goal in mind: the Kiev final on May 26.

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