Real Madrid Star Not in Starting XI for Crucial Champions League Clash with Bayern Munich

Manchester United target Gareth Bale will reportedly not be in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up when Real Madrid welcome Bayern Munich to the Bernabéu on Tuesday night for their second leg tie in the Champions League semi-final.

Bale, who has become quite a regular on the bench for Real Madrid this season, could be set for a move to Old Trafford due to continued interest by Manchester United and the lack of game-time he is receiving under Zidane. According to the Mail Bale is falling short of a place in the starting 11 because of players like Isco, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema, who have been used much more frequently by Zidane this season.

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Real Madrid are currently paying £350 000 a week for Bale, who joined the Spanish giants in 2013 for a world-record transfer at the time. The club’s president Florentino Perez has however insisted that he would like Bale to remain at Madrid for at least another season.

 

When asked about his own future ahead of the encounter with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Zidane remained focused on the job at hand.

 

“I want to stay at the club. There are plenty of better, more accomplished coaches than me but I was lucky to be here as a player and I have the chance to be here now as a coach,” said Zidane who won the Champions League with Real Madrid as a player in 2002.


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Real Madrid head into the match with a 2-1 lead, thanks to  goal by Marco Asensio, who came on from the bench a week ago to complete a Real Madrid comeback after they were 1-0 at half time. ?

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Bayern Munich Fans Lead Nationwide Protest Against Controversial PAG Law in Bavaria

Bayern Munich fans have rallied together in recent weeks to head protests against a controversial law in Bavaria, which has been described as the toughest police law since the end of World War II.

Football supporters across Germany have been voicing their opinions on the new legislation which will give Bavaria’s 40,000 plus police force, which includes over 33,000 armed officers, extended preemptive powers.

The new law, which is set to be approved by the state parliament on May 15, will allow officers to intercept phone calls, emails and data, as well as ban individuals from certain locations and place them under preventive detention for up to three months at a time in cases of “imminent danger”.

A report from Deutsche Welle highlights how the scope of what “imminent danger” will be perceived as is still unclear, but legal experts and civil rights activists are of the consensus that the new legislation will be the toughest police law since 1945.

And as so often is the case in Germany, it is the football fans who have been making their voices heard during recent Bundesliga matches.

Bayern Munich’s infamous ultras section – the Südkurve – even protested the law during the first leg of their recent Champions League semi final match against Real Madrid.

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“Almost all of us are affected by the new law in Bavaria,” a statement from the football fan association in Germany, Fanszenen Deutschland, read – quoted by DW. 

“When we travel to away games in Bavaria, police forces are already more aggressive than in other states. We ask ourselves, how will it be when they’ll have even more power?”

The movement has also been getting more traction on social media recently, with online protests against the legislation being accompanied with the hashtag “noPAG”. 

Banners were raised across a number of Bundesliga grounds on matchday 32 – which read “Today Bavaria, tomorrow Germany. NoPAG!” – as local media continues to report how other German states are also interested in tightening their police laws.

It has, however, been reported that a group of law students in Bavaria are working on taking their local government to the State Constitutional Court over the new legislation, while some believe that the case is likely to be heard at the Federal one.


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Bayern Star ?Arjen Robben Facing Fitness Battle Ahead of Real Madrid Champions League Showdown

?Arjen Robben is facing a fitness battle ahead of Bayern Munich’s trip to Real Madrid for their Champions League semi final on Tuesday evening, according to reports. 

The 34-year-old limped out of the first leg in Germany in midweek after just eight minutes and was not part of Jupp Heynckes’s heavily rotated squad that overcame Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday. 

And according to ?FourFourTwo, the Dutchman is struggling to overcome the knock after training alone on Sunday afternoon as the Bavarians prepare for their trip to the Spanish capital. 

Bayern Munich, however, will be buoyed by the news that both David Alaba and Javi Martinez are expected to return to action after taking part in full training. 

“The mood within the team is very, very good,” the Austrian told the club’s ?official website. “You can see in training how focused and concentrated we are.

“In the dressing room, you can tell how much we want it. We’ll throw everything we have at it. I’ll obviously keep doing all I can to stay on track [to play].”

Alaba’s return will instil confidence into Heynckes after his replacement, Rafinha, found himself exposed on a number of occasions during the first leg; with the Brazilian’s loose pass setting up the attack from which Marco Asensio netted the winner. 

Jerome Boateng, however, will not be able to overcome his hamstring issue, although is expected to return ahead of the World Cup this summer. 

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have injury problems of their own, with Isco ruled out ?”for up to three weeks” after being withdrawn prematurely in Munich on Wednesday. 

Right back Dani Carvajal is another concern for Zinedine Zidane, with the Spaniard, similarly to Isco, failing to last the full 90 minutes in midweek.


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Real Madrid Dealt Major Injury Blow as Key Midfielder Ruled Out ‘For Up to Three Weeks’

?Real Madrid have been rocked by the news that Isco will miss their Champions League semi final second leg tie against Bayern Munich through injury.

The 26-year-old was withdrawn prematurely during the first leg clash at the Allianz Arena after suffering an arm injury in the first half. Spanish news outlet Marca have now confirmed that the attacking midfielder has suffered muscle damage, ruling him out for up to three weeks.

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The injury will come as unwelcome news for Real boss Zinedine Zidane, who is seeking to guide his side to an unprecedented third successive Champions League crown. Los Blancos find themselves in a commanding position after the first leg, after fighting back from a goal down to clinch a valuable 2-1 win in Munich.

Despite falling behind to an error from much-maligned goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Real fought back to equalise on the stroke of half-time through Marcelo, before Marco Asensio completed the turnaround with a neat second half finish.

News of Isco’s absence will see the Spanish international join teammate Dani Carvajal on the treatment table, after the right back limped off midweek with a hamstring strain.

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Bayern are struggling with their own injury problems however, though the Bavarians could be boosted by the return of David Alaba at the Bernabeu.

Despite his return to fitness, the Bundesliga champions will be without a plethora of top talent, with Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer all currently on the sidelines.


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Former Red Devils Icon ‘Reveals’ Who Liverpool Would Prefer to Face in the Champions League Final

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes Liverpool would rather face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, rather than current holders Real Madrid.

The Reds are in a strong position to qualify for their first Champions League final in 11 years, after a sensational 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of their semi final at Anfield on Tuesday. 

Keane, part of the famed treble winning Manchester United side of 1999, insists Bayern would be Klopp’s preferred opponents, should they go on to reach the final.

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“I think if you were in the Liverpool camp, I think you’d probably want to play Bayern Munich,” he ?told ITV Sport.

“I know you’d think that they’ll sit in, defensively they’ll be a bit better but Real have that star quality. How many times have we said they’ve not played well and they keep winning football matches. It’s a pretty good habit to have.

“But I think at the moment with the attacking players Liverpool have got and the form that they’re in – forget about defensive shapes and all this carry-on, it’s about the attacking players – Liverpool will fancy their chances no doubt.”

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For a showdown with Bayern to come to fruition, the Bavarians must first face the daunting task of winning at the Bernabeu Stadium, following their 2-1 loss to Real in the first leg of their semi final.

Klopp’s men meanwhile will travel to Rome for the second leg on Wednesday, as Roma look to repeat their quarter final heroics against La Liga giants Barcelona.


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