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The Lisbon final passes through Munich

NEWS | 29/04/2014 | alberto navarro (múnich)

Real Madrid will be looking to make the most of their 1-0 advantage over Bayern in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena, and be the first team through to the final of this season's competition.
The Copa del Rey winners take on the Bundesliga holders. Two champions and one objective: the Champions League final. There is only one more hurdle, the definitive one, for Real Madrid to overcome if they are to be one of the protagonists in Lisbon come May 24th. The priceless 1-0 victory in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu and a 3,500 strong travelling crowd go to Munich, looking to knock out the reigning champions at the Allianz Arena, their own back yard.

"The objective in Munich is to score, not defend. I am very confident in my players". This is what Carlo Ancelotti said about how his side will go into the game. Madrid are following his lead, and are the top scorers in the Champions League with 33 goals (an average of three per game), leaving little doubt as to their intentions.

The objective of scoring
One Madrid goal would mean that Bayern Munich have to score three to go through. In this sense, the stats are with The Whites, who have only been shut out once in their last 23 European Cup games, and haven't conceded more than two goals thus far in the tournament.

CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS SCORED 49 GOALS IN THE 49 GAMES HE HAS PLAYED FOR MADRID IN THE EUROPEAN CUP

Both sides go into the game in good form, having produced goalfests against Osasuna and Werder Bremen respectively this weekend, and the strength of their squads back up the argument that it will be an incredible spectacle. Ancelotti has picked 20 players to help his side advance. Included amongst them is Cristiano Ronaldo, who could bring up his half century of European goals with Real Madrid in Munich.

A must win for Bayern
Bayern Munich are obliged to win if they want to play in their third consecutive Champions League final and retain the crown as champions. Their stats at home this season show how difficult it will be for Madrid. Guardiola's side have won 19 of their 24 games at the Allianz Arena, and have only failed to score once.

Madrid can expect a charged up Allianz Arena, with Bayern players Müller and Lahm fuelling the fire. "We need total support because we are all German", said the first. "Heart and passion", would be the recipe for success, said the side's captain. It is an outstanding game that will decide the first finalist of the Champions League this season.

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