Read a preview and watch a live stream of Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
When: 19:45 BST
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Real Madrid face Bayern Munich at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this evening in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with question marks over the fitness of two of their star players.
Cristiano Ronaldo has only just returned to training after a hamstring injury, while Copa del Rey hero Gareth Bale has had the flu this week, and may not be at 100% level.
There is a dilemma for manager Carlo Ancelotti if both are available, with some of Bale’s best performances coming when Ronaldo has not been selected – the hat-trick against Valladolid or the cup final El Clasico performance against FC Barcelona when he scored his wonder goal.
Against pressing teams who are excellent in possession, a more patient approach may be required, and it can be tricky for coaches to gamble on selecting both players – even if their explosive dynamism makes them a huge threat on the counterattack.
Bayern Munich are managed by Pep Guardiola, a former nemesis of Real Madrid from his time in charge of FC Barcelona.
The Bavarian giants’ dominance of the ball makes them a formidable opponent, and they waltzed to the Bundesliga title last month.
In Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich have perhaps the best midfield in club football, and the side are led by the inspirational Philipp Lahm.