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Bale: "It's an honour to be linked with Bayern Munich"

26 April 2018, 12:11 | Nina Perez

Real Madrid put one foot in Champions League final as Bayern Munich rue missed chances

Awful Real Madrid Bayern Munich match proved that Liverpool are favourites to win the Champions League

The Bavarians' 6-2 destruction of Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Cup semi-finals last Tuesday means the treble is still very much on - something the club achieved during Heynckes' previous tenure at the club, in the 2012/13 season.

Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League today. I'm enjoying my football in Madrid and I admit that Bayern have always been one of the best sides in European football.

The Welshman emerged on Man United's radar last summer amid suggestions he was surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane, but Jose Mourinho ultimately opted against moving for him.

James Rodriguez will be tasked with providing the ammunition for Robert Lewandowski against his parent club, Real Madrid, though Bayern are just shy of being at full-strength. The club should win the Champions League once again this season but their league form has significantly dipped and will, no doubt, stimulate something of a spending spree in the summer and a concomitant exodus. The return game is scheduled for May 1.

As well as veteran wingers Ribery and Robben, Real will have to deal with 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor James Rodriguez, who is on loan at Bayern from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Four years ago, Bale was powering through the heart of Bayern's defence at the Allianz Arena before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo to score in a thumping 4-0 victory.

Bayern had players sent off in both matches — Javi Martinez in the first leg and Arturo Vidal in the second.

"Arjen Robben, Lewandowski and Franck Ribery are three very hard players to defend against", admitted Real right-back Dani Carvajal. Really proved that he's a great asset for Bayern Munchen, both in the attacking and defensive phase.

In total, he has scored nine goals in six games against the German side.

Bayern also won the teams' first two matchups, in the semifinals in 1976 and 1987. We are highly motivated, as we have been the whole season long in the Champions League. Considering Madrid barely had any chances in the first half, they should consider themselves lucky. Last year, they beat Juventus in the final, topping Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal on the way.

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