Real Madrid will host titleholders Bayern Munich in a match, that could decide who’s going to win the Champions League this year.
Both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich count as being title favorites, which makes it a bit disappointing that arguably the two best football clubs in the world at the moment have to face each other in the semis of the Champions League, instead of meeting in the final. However, one should not discount Atletico Madrid and Chelsea’s effort in the Champions League thus far. Both of these have done exceptionally well eliminating title favorites Barcelona and defending League 1 champs Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
REAL MADRID – The Bundesliga Slayer
Real Madrid has made it quite a habit beating German contenders this season. The Galacticos have knocked out both Revier clubs Schalke 04 (9-2) and Borussia Dortmund, although just barely scraping the latter (3-2). Could the recently crowned Spanish Cup winners take out a third Bundesliga team?
BAYERN MUNICH – Quest for Triple Title Defense
Bayern Munich, defending Champions of Europe, German Bundesliga and German Cup titleholders face a unique and compelling task. The Quest to defend 3 titles at once, and be the first German Team to defend a treble whilst also being the first European club to retain the Champions League trophy since its inception in the 90s.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG – REAL MADRID VS BAYERN MUNICH: MATCH PREDICTION
Psychologically and form-wise, as much as I dislike to say it, Real Madrid seems to have the advantage in these departments. Bayern Munich has had quite a bad run as of late, save for the brilliant return leg victory against Manchester United that saw them through to the semis. Not to forget the disastrous 0-3 home defeat against Rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
One must take into account that Bayern Munich has already clinched the Bundesliga title, so, the games that Bayern has lost against Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg, as well as the draw against Hoffenheim have little meaning to their Bundesliga quest. It almost appears as if the Bavarians are demotivated to do anything in the Bundesliga anymore and are focusing on the Champions League.
If we’d applied a little math (and logic) here, it looks like Bayern seem to be underdogs in the upcoming fight with Real Madrid. Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund, while Borussia Dortmund trashed Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. See the logic?
But of course, like I noted above… don’t forget that for the Bavarians, the Bundesliga campaign is already a done deal.
Real Madrid on the other hand are flying high thanks to their 2-1 cup final victory against Barcelona. Gareth Bale is in top form right now, and that could mean trouble for Bayern Munich whose defensive line has been caught on the break occasionally by Arsenal London and Manchester United – how much more troubled would they be against World Class Offenses by Madrid?
Despite having the odds stacked against Bayern Munich, I still see them either winning by a goal or at least scoring an away goal with the game ending in a tie. Whilst Bayern Much are at a disadvantage psychologically and form-wise, the fact that the Bundesliga is already a done deal (and key players can be rested here and there) and Bayern gets to play at home in the return leg (thus knowing how much effort to exert and what’s at stake) I believe that Bayern may edge out, hell, maybe even have to grind out a win to enter the finals for the 4th time in 5 years.