Bayern Munich are hopeful that star striker Robert Lewandowski will recover from injury in time for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Defending champions Real Madrid hold a 2-1 lead after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace fired them to victory in the first leg of the quarter-final tie last week in Germany.
After taking his European goal scoring tally to 100 with the brace at the Allianz Arena last week, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to inflict more misery on the Bundesliga champions.
Ronaldo will be well rested after he was left out of the squad for Los Blancos’ 3-2 La Liga win over Sporting Gijon last weekend (a precautionary measure as he was one domestic booking away from missing the El Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday).
For Die Roten, Arjen Robben looked one of the players most likely to lead a fight-back in last week’s 2-1 reverse, even when the Bundesliga team went down to 10 men.
The 33-year-old Dutchman is enjoying a fine season for his club and is second only to Robert Lewandowski on the goal-scorer’s list after netting nine league and three Champions League goals this season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side go into the game after a 3-2 away win over Sporting Gijon in La Liga last weekend. In all competitions they are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, nine of those wins.
Despite a few injury concerns, Zidane believes his team can finish off the job on Tuesday.
“We do have difficulties at the back due to injuries but we also have players who are ready and we will work with the guys we have, I just hope nobody else gets injured,” he said.
“What I can say is that I see a very enthusiastic, focussed and above all motivated team. I have a great team here who are so professional.”