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UEFA Champions League: 5 reasons why Real Madrid could win against Bayern Munich tonight
- Updated: April 25, 2018
Real Madrid are set to take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena later today. The Blancos’ erratic form is a spot of bother for them as they have won only one of their last four games.
Their last encounter in the Champions League wasn’t one to cherish either as they were almost dumped out by Juventus (who came back from three goals down) and were only saved by a last second penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even then, it is impossible to overlook the Galaticos and here are five reasons they could win against Bayern Munich…
#5 Ramos is back
Even though there are times when Sergio Ramos – the captain of the club – could seem like a liability with his constant rash decisions and brashness on the field, he is always a strong presence at the back in the big games.
Against Juventus, Real Madrid strongly missed his leadership in defence, which is why they looked so panicked all through the game. He will be back against Bayern Munich and his availability will be highly welcome to the backline.
In the big games, he is not only fully concentrated but also galvanizes his team-mates to perform better. His aggression is always controlled and brings balance to the side.
#4 Bayern's away form
While Real's form at home might not be inspiring at all – they have failed to win their last two games at the Bernabeu – their away form could be a cause of concern for the Bavarians.
They have only lost one game away from home in the Champions League this season and that was against Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages. They beat Juventus 3-0 at Turin and the last time they lost an away fixture was in February against Espanyol.
As a result, at Allianz, there is a chance for…
#3 History to repeat
The last time these two teams played each other at the Allianz Arena was last year. In that fixture, Bayern Munich took the lead via an Arturo Vidal header but failed to capitalize as Real Madrid scored two unanswered goals.
They say that time is a river – and a river always moves in a circular motion. As a result, history could repeat itself. In fact, when the duo faced each other at the same ground in 2014, Real Madrid won 4-0 and absolutely took the tie away from them in that match itself.
So, all things considered, it could be argued that Allianz Arena is a favourable ground for the Merengues.
#2 Ronaldo's form
At the beginning of the season, many considered Cristiano Ronaldo as finished. After all, he was having a really difficult time to get on the scoring charts and there were calls for him to be sold.
And then he showed the world that they should never write off the man from Madeira. His form in 2018 has been extraordinary, to put it simply. This year thus far, he has scored 26 goals and has made 6 assists in only 17 appearances for the club.
His form has helped the club reach the semi-finals of the Champions League after being dumped out of the Copa Del Rey and losing the league a long time ago due to their indifferent form.
#1 Pride at stake
Champions League is the tournament of Real Madrid. The Galaticos have won it a record 12 times and haven’t missed out on the semi-finals since 2010-11 season. This season, they were supposed to win it all but everything went wrong and now they only have the Champions League to play for.
If they lose this, then they will end the season without a single trophy to their name, which would just be embarrassing after all the talent they have on the team. If they win, however, the glory will be eternal as they could complete a hattrick of Champions League titles.
And that is all they have to play for this season.