Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will be facing off against each other at the Bernabeu in Madrid on Apr. 25 in the second leg of their European Champions League semi-final tie. Bayern won the first game at home 2-1 on a late goal by
Madrid manager Jose Mourinho hopes his team will have more luck at home against the German powerhouse. He did get some good luck on the weekend as Madrid more or less wrapped up the Spanish La Liga by beating Barcelona 2-1 on a late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid now has a seven point lead over their closest rivals with the season winding down.
The winner of this semi final will play either Barcelona or Chelsea in the Champions League Final in Munich on May 19. Of course, this would be a home game if Munich happens to take Madrid out. They’d also become the first team in history to play a Champions League Final in front of their home crowd.
Mourinho said he’d like to see Chelsea in the final considering the years he spent there as the English Premier League club’s manager. He said he’d like Chelsea to have some luck against Barcelona, but of course if they meet Madrid in the final he won’t show any mercy to his former team. He’s confident that his squad can overcome their 2-1 deficit and beat Bayern to advance. He said he’s not sure of the Champions League or the Spanish league is more important though, since he said the best team wins the domestic league, but it’s not always the case in Europe.
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes said his team is ready and realizes they can advance to the final with just a draw. However, he feels his team needs to go out for a win not a draw and is expecting a few goals to be scored. He added that he’s looking forward to the game and his players will have to mark Ronaldo, who has eight tournament goals, tightly.
He’s expecting Madrid to come out and attack right from the opening whistle, but isn’t about to defend the whole game. He said his club will play the same style they always do, which is to try and score goals. They have 71 of them in the German Bundesliga so far this season and have added 27 in the Champions League with Mario Gomez scoring 12 of them. The manager said the first leg gives them a slight edge, but they need to score at least one more goal.
Jose Mourinho will likely be missing Ricardo Carvalho from his squad, but it looks like everybody else is healthy. Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain should be fit as well and ready to play. Bayern Munich will likely be without Daniel Van Buyten and Breno, both defenders.
Look for an exciting game with a lot of chances, especially for Madrid. They should do enough to win the match 2-1 and we would then see extra time.
Sportsbook William Hill’s latest odds show a Real Madrid win at 8/15 with a Bayern Munich victory at 5/1 and a 90-minute draw at 3/1.