Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu

  • Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu

Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu

Casemiro insists Real Madrid can not exclusively focus on Robert Lewandowski when they defend a 2-1 lead against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored both first-leg goals for Madrid in Munich, is set to start on Tuesday along with Karim Benzema.

"Lewandowski will help us", said former Real coach Ancelotti.

"Small details decided the first leg and we have to focus on those", said Ancelotti.

All five previous teams winning 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round.

This is the 24th European Cup/Champions League fixture between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid - the 18th under the Champions League era - a record in the history of the tournament.

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has warned his players they can not afford to let Cristiano Ronaldo out of sight when they take on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid's 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real's crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

For Madrid the match comes five days before a Clasico which could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the title race, with the capital club boasting a three-point lead over Barca, with a game in hand.

But Javi Martinez will miss the crunch game after being sent off in the first leg. We have a good result but we will continue in the same way and take nothing for granted. Their two defeats during that time came against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4). But we have many games, many competitions, and we will see tomorrow what will happen.

The Poland global missed last Wednesday's first leg as Der FCB surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, but Lewandowski has told German newspaper Bild (h/t AS' Carlos Forjanes): "I'm ready to play".

Bayern has only managed two wins in 12 matches against Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The Portuguese pipped long-time rival Lionel Messi to the century mark thanks to a double against Bayern Munich, with 97 of his 100 efforts coming in the Champions League proper.

"He's worked hard to get back with the team and after his injury, three months off, he returned really keen", said Zidane.

Bale had to be substituted in the second half of the match against Bayern and missed the team's Spanish league match at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

Whilst Pepe and Raphael Varane are both out injured.

Real Madrid have scored minimum two goals in each of their nine Champions League games this season.