Real Madrid are drawn against German champions Bayern Munich for the quarterfinal of 2017 UEFA Champions League which are set to be played on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 at Allianz Arena followed by second leg at Santiago Bernabue on Tuesday, 18th April 2017. It will be one of the highly anticipated clash between two potential winners and a repeat of 2014 semifinal where Real Madrid triumph Bayern 5-0 on aggregate.
These two meet back in 2015 pre-season in the Audi cup where Robert Lewandowski’s solitary goal gave Bayern 1-0 win and we can expect another close encounter this Wednesday night. ESPN will have live coverage in the US while SkySports 1 will broadcast the match live in the Uk.
Match Preview & Team Lineups: Real Madrid lost against Paris Saint Germain in the opening pre-season game but they produced a superb 3-2 win over Chelsea last weekend. Zidane will be without several key players including the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Toni Kroos and Navas while Karim Benzema is also ruled out due to minor injury. Which means Alvaro Morata is set to start upfront with Luka Modric, Casemiro, James Rodriguez, Isco and Mateo Kovacic playing in packed midfield.
Bayern Munich on the other hand will be without Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, Arjan Robben, Thomas Muller, Renato Sanchez, Jerome Boeteng. But they still have solid starting lineup which can cause problems for Real Madrid.
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What to expect ? Real Madrid are playing their last friendly before they start their 2016-17 competitive season against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup game scheduled next week. We can expect Zidane to put emphasis on keeping the team shape and playing with purpose. Should be an entertaining game with loads of goals and I cam going with Real Madrid to just shade it narrowly.