Bayern Munich Must Play Without Fear in Order to Challenge Real Madrid
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Bayern Munich Must Play Without Fear in Order to Challenge Real Madrid

History suggests Bayern Munich have little chance of reaching the Champions League final following a 2-1 loss at home in the first leg, but trends are there to be bucked and the German side should not have any fear of Real Madrid.

Real are bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the Champions League and took a giant step towards their target with victory in Bavaria last week.

It was a performance that has become Real’s trademark, as they played poorly at times – offered up chances to their opponents but hit them with brilliant counter punches to seize the initiative.

There is every chance Real will deliver a carbon copy at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night – the market makers feel it is entirely possible as 188BET have the Spanish giants priced at 2.12 for the win on the night and 1.21 to qualify – but Bayern will travel with a mixture of hope and expectation.

Bayern bossed the early exchanges of the first leg and were full value for the lead handed to them by Joshua Kimmich.

The problem Bayern had was that they squandered chances, a host of them. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery passed up gilt-edged openings, and against a side of Real’s quality it proved costly.

A sweet volley from Marcelo on the stroke of half time took the wind from Bayern’s sails Marco Asensio sealed the comeback for Real with a deft finish before the hour mark.

With two away goals, an intimidating Bernabeu and excellent recent record against Bayern to draw on, Zinedine Zidane’s Real are worthy favourites to progress.

It’s probably a stretch from Bayern goalscorer Kimmich to suggest his side should have won the game 7-2, but they could easily have been carrying four goals with them to the Bernabeu.

Crafting chances and not taking them was disappointing, but it would have been far more concerning had they not fashioned any openings. Manager Jupp Heynckes must drill it into his players that as good as Real are, they are vulnerable.

What Bayern must be wary of is a Cristiano Ronaldo onslaught. The Portuguese had a quiet night in Germany, aside from a goal that was controversially disallowed for offside. That was the first time he’d failed to score in this season’s Champions League, and not scoring goals tends to annoy the world footballer of the year.

If he hits full tilt, Real could overrun a Bayern side without defensive rock Jerome Boateng. But Bayern should not be afraid and a shock is not out of the question.

For those who feel a shock is on the cards, Bayern can be backed at 3.10 with 188BET to win the game and 4.44 to quality.

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