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Bayern out to be Real's 'bete noire' again

13 April 2017

The match kicks-off at 8:45pm.

This first leg will send the Spanish side to the Allianz Arena in Germany, but fans don't have to travel halfway around the world to see some of the best soccer on the planet.

Ancelotti was in charge of Madrid between 2013 and 2015, winning the Champions League in his first season at the club, but the Italian does not think his familiarity with Madrid and his former assistant Zidane is necessarily a boost for Bayern.

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.

Real's Germany midfielder Toni Kroos hopes Lewandowski is fit to play. That may be modest by his standards, but Ronaldo has tormented Bayern in the past with four goals in as many games and the Bavarians will be wary, especially with backup from Wales star Gareth Bale and France's Karim Benzema.

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Bayern's top scorer Robert Lewandowski should be able to start, despite being forced off with a shoulder injury towards the end of the 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Also, both the teams are one of the most constant teams in UCL as Bayern have made at least the quarterfinals 28 times, second only to Real's 34.

Arjen Robben is confident that Bayern Munich have the upper hand going into their Champions League quarter-final clash against Real Madrid. That defeat remains Bayern's record home European loss, yet there is no talk of revenge ahead of Wednesday's clash. "This tie could easily be the Champions League final".

"We will decide whether Lewandowski can play on Wednesday". But for today's match, key absences on both sides will play a large role in the result.

Real Madrid were held to a draw over the weekend against Atletico Madrid, and they suffered the consequences of a tough match by losing Pepe to broken ribs in the process. Their right back, Daniel Carvajal, is also a doubt after he trained on his own on Monday.

However, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has returned to training after a minor foot operation 11 days ago, while forward Thomas Mueller could also feature after an ankle injury. "I trust in the two out-and-out central defenders that are now available", Zidane said as Ramos will miss the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals if he is shown a yellow card on Wednesday.

Bayern out to be Real's 'bete noire' again