Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich were drawn a smashing tie in the quarter-final of the Champions League this season. The German side will welcome the Champions of Europe, Real Madrid, to the Allianz Arena, in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition this season and this tie has all the makings of being one of the most exciting ever. Bayern are fresh from a loss to Hoffenheim but the manager rested quite a few players for that game to keep them fresh for this tie.
Real Madrid on the other hand, were frustrated by Atletico Madrid as the duo shared points, in yet another fierce derby at the Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane is expected to field a strong side for this tie and he will hope that his side can repeat what they did to Bayer, the last time the two met a couple of years ago. Here is the predicted lineup that Ancelotti might field for this tie:
Ancelotti revealed before the game that Robert Lewandowski picked up a shoulder injury and that he trained for just 20 minutes in the last training session. So, he might only find a place in the bench for this tie. Manuel Neuer missed the previous game through a niggle but should be back in action while Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller are both also fit for this clash.
Expected lineup (4-2-3-1):
German shot-stopper Manuel Neuer is right up there with the best in the business and is just back from an injury. He should start between the sticks for Bayern on the night. Philippe Lahm, who is in his final year at the club, will monitor the right flank while David Alba will do the same on the left. Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have been impeccable at the back for Bayern and they will be up against the ‘BBC’ in full flow in this tie.
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has also been in tremendous form and he will hope to make an impact playing against his former club while Arturo Vidal, whose energy might be too hot to handle for Madrid, is expected to partner him, in what is a world-class midfield for Bayern Munich.
With Lewandowski a doubt, Thomas Muller is the man expected to take his place, if he is unable to make it to the game. Muller should lead the attacking line while Thiago Alcantara should play in the hole just behind him in the attack.
Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, the long term servants for Bayern, are expected to start on either flank, making this Bayern side one of the strongest in recent times.
Here is how they would line up: