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Bale ruled out of Champions League game against Bayern

18 April 2017, 02:22 | Simon Arnold

Bayern's Lewandowski set to face Madrid's shaky defence

Soccer-Bayern's Lewandowski set to face Madrid's shaky defence

Real Madrid are missing Gareth Bale, with Isco expected to replace him, while Pepe remains absent with a broken rib.

It sets up an enthralling second-leg to this quarter-final and here, we look at what each side needs to do in order to win the match and advance to the semi-finals. "The first 60 minutes in the first leg were quite good, but we made too many mistakes after that".

Defending champions Real Madrid hold a 2-1 lead after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace fired them to victory in the reverse fixture in Germany last week.

Javi Martinez is banned after his first-leg red card, while Bayern may also be without the injured Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, who both missed the Leverkusen clash.

"Lewandowski is a great player and his return is very helpful", Ancelotti added. We know they have a lot of options to damage their opposition, and like all teams they have their defects. "We'll try to play our game and prepare well the game, like the first leg".

"It will be more hard in Madrid, but we still have a chance, we are still alive", Ancelotti said ahead of his return to the Spanish club he left in 2015.

Isco stood out with two goals including a last-gasp victor in Saturday's game, but he has been used sparingly in Europe this season, getting just 77 minutes in total across Madrid's nine Champions League games to date.

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Bayern Munich have lost eight of their last 10 away games against Real Madrid in all competitions (W2), including the last five.

Bayern has managed only two wins in 12 matches against Madrid at the Bernabeu. Madrid was eventually eliminated 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Vigo. Barcelona were the last team to leave the Bernabeu with a clean sheet (2-0 in April 2011).

Ancelotti will speak to the press at 18:30 alongside captain Philipp Lahm and ex-Real midfielder Xabi Alonso, before the German champions train at 19:00.

Madrid, seeking its first league title since 2012, has a three-point lead and a game in hand, with six match-weeks remaining until the end of the season.

Lewandowski has seven Champions League goals, level with Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and behind only Barcelona's Lionel Messi (11) and Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani (8), this season. "The first leg is already over".

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 European goals last week - and the Real Madrid forward is closing in on even more milestones in his impressive career.



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