Bayern Munich have received some good news ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Real Madrid as Robert Lewandowski has resumed regular training.
The Poland international suffered a shoulder injury in this weekend’s 4-1 Bundesliga win over Borussia Dortmund and had to sit out Monday’s squad training.
His absence on Monday fuelled speculation he could miss the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie, but Lewandowski now no longer appears to be doubtful after rejoining his team-mates on Tuesday.
Lewandowski’s return will come as a boost for head coach Carlo Ancelotti, with the forward in superb form in 2016-17.
The 28-year-old has already netted 38 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions this term, including seven strikes in the Champions League.
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Ancelotti already welcomed back Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer on the training pitch on Monday, with Mats Hummels the only absence of note for this week’s encounter at the Allianz Arena.
This would be surely a mouth-watering battle somewhat earlier than both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid might have loved it too. Two of Europe’s finest football clubs collide in the quarterfinal tie and can both be eager to record perfect result in the initial leg to get the upper hand for the return match.
The Bavarians are waiting for European glory for four long years. Pep Guardiola neglected to win the Champions League last season and with the next huge thing at the helm, using the Cup specialist Carlo Ancelotti, Bundesliga icons are expecting this will be the year they scale the European throne.
The road was bumpy in the beginning as Bayern Munich completed second to Atletico Madrid in the group stage, but the Germans had no issues in the knockouts as they eased past Arsenal using the 10-2 aggregate triumph. This kind of large effect is going to have been a tremendous morale boost for Ancelotti’s guys who’d the perfect warm up for the Wednesday’s match.
The Bavarians dispatched Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in Der Klassiker derby in the weekend and will also be keen to keep up in style against Real Madrid. It’ll be easier said than done, yet, as Ancelotti confronts a number of choice predicaments that could go to make his team’s job considerably more difficult.
The stakes are high for two of Europe’s largest football clubs who might have liked to prevent meeting each other until further on in the contest. Quarterfinals will be the ending of the road for just one of them yet and they both are rather fantastic to avoid being on the losing end.