After overcoming big Quarter Finals clashes against Juventus and Sevilla respectively, the UEFA Champions Leage Semifinal draw, held in Nyon, Switzerland, has ruled that Real Madrid and Bayern München will star once again the European classic by excellence to define one of the finalists of the continent’s biggest club competition.
Spanish and Germans reached this round in different ways. On one hand, Zidane’s team needed to appeal epic to score a last minute penalty and knock-out a heroic Juventus team which was capable of coming back at the Santiago Bernabéu from their initial 3-0 deficit. On the other, Bavarian confirmed their condition of favourites against Sevilla to reach their six Semifinals in last seven seasons by winning 2-1 in the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán and tying in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
To get this stage Bayern München were runners up in Group B with Paris Saint-Germain (sector winners), Anderlecht and Celtic, and beat Beiktas and Sevilla at the Round of 16 and Quarter Finals, showing a fully aggressive expression of football that has made of them the fourth top scorer team of the competition with 23 goals achieved and a good defensive balance with eight goals conceded, becoming the sixth less damaged side.
Real Madrid on the other side don’t stay behind in the scoring production. Zidane’s men are the third most prolific team with 26 goals scored against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur (sector winners) and APOEL Nicosia in Group H, and Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the knock-out stages. However Madrid’s defensive reliability is far to be the best as they have conceded 12 goals.
This match will also offer a new encounter between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern, which is actually the favourite victim of the Portuguese at the European stage as Real Madrid’s forward has scored in nine occasions against the Bavarians, including the last five goals in last 2016-17 Quarter Finals eliminatory.
In the present season the native of Funchal has scored the amount of 15 goals, increasing his all-time goal scoring record (121 goals) and aiming to the goal scoring record in one season, set by himself in 2013-14 (17 goals). Meanwhile, Bayern München’s most prolific striker is Robert Lewandowski with five goals. However this season Jupp Heynckes, who arrived in September replacing Carlo Ancelotti, has goal scoring force on the collective instead of a particular player.
The combination of Real Madrid against Bayern München is the most repeated in the history of the competition. Both teams have clashed in 24 occasions with an unbelievably equality of 11 victories per side and two draws, in which 37 goals were scored by Real Madrid against the 36 of Bayern to set this encounter as the European Classic in the imaginary of the football follower even though they have never met in a Final.
Specially remembered are the clashes of the 70’s and 80’s decades when Bavarians and Spanish starred legendary confrontments in the beginning of the rivalry. Even though the close balance between both, the first 12 precedents are sightly different in comparison to the last 12. Until the 2000-01 season Bayern had won eight matches for just three of Real Madrid, and had knocked-out the Blancos three times (1975-76 Semifinal, 1986-87 Semifinal and 2000-01 Semifinal). From 2001-02 to this point Madrid have won eight times and have eliminated old rivals in three occasions.
Next April 25th. and May 1st. these two European powerhouses meet again in order to define the first team qualified to the UEFA Champions League Final. Witness the history and the epic of the Champions League and be the first to know who will get the pass to Kiev’s Final by booking your tickets for the second leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern München at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.