Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski will decide Champions League semifinal - Xabi Alonso

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski will decide Champions League semifinal - Xabi Alonso

Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski will decide Champions League semifinal - Xabi Alonso

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes will decide at the last minute if full-back David Alaba and midfielder Corentin Tolisso can play in Wednesday's Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg at home against Real Madrid, he said on Tuesday.

Though Real Madrid have won on their last two visits to Bayern Munich, the situation has taken a turn for the good for the Bavarians.

Having a year ago become the first side ever to retain the competition in its current expanded format, the challenge for Real Madrid is now to win three in a row - a feat last achieved by Bayern in the mid-1970s.

They have taken to social media to confirm their readiness for the big game on Wednesday, April 25.

Madrid won 3-2 in the first leg at home, when Raul Gonzalez scored twice, but Bayern advanced with a 2-1 win in Munich after Roy Makaay scored 10 seconds into the match for what remains the fastest ever Champions League goal.

Ronaldo was at his lethal best when Real beat Bayern 6-3 on aggregate in last season's quarter-finals - scoring five of their goals.

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Zinedine Zidane, the scorer of arguably the most famous goal in Champions League history on the night of Real's ninth win and assistant to Ancelotti in Lisbon, has inspired this new European empire despite having no previous coaching experience at the top level.

"I'll see a lot of players I used to play with, or who I still play with in the national team", he added, in an interview on the official UEFA website.

"We know it is very hard, Bayern are a very good team, but the players will leave their souls out there, we have a magnificent coach, and I am sure they will do everything humanly possible to bring another European Cup". I am glad that I am allowed to witness both. "I don't want to think about anything else". It's always fun to play against the best players.

Madrid are keen to reinvigorate their attack as both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have faltered badly this season and believe that the Polish attacker would link up to fine effect with Cristiano Ronaldo. The teams have a combined 17 European titles and have faced each other in the knockout stages of the Champions League 11 times.

The Romans come into the semifinals after a historic second leg display that easily ranks as one of the greatest Champions League comebacks of all-time.

This season the European champions have been a little short at centre-forward.

His loan spell ends in June 2019, but he was crystal clear when German magazine Kicker asked about his future. I played in 2012 when Bayern lost, and I didn't play in 2013 due to injury, so it was special to win and have the feeling I'd contributed to our success.