Lewandowski in fitness race to face Real

Defender Mats Hummels was already ruled out of Wednesday's match due to an ankle injury sustained in training on Sunday.

Even though Real now sit three points clear at the top of La Liga with a game in hand, the Frenchman has been criticised in some quarters of the Spanish media for Real's stale style of play, and his tactical nous was also questioned after a 1-1 draw with Atletico on Saturday.

With former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, Bayern Munich is in its best condition to win the Champions League since claiming the last of its five titles in 2013.

Title-holders Real Madrid renew their long-time rivalry with Bayern Munich and Barcelona play Juventus in a rematch of the 2015 final when the Champions League quarter-finals get underway on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Leicester City tries to continue their Champions League run in Madrid against Atletico.

"Bayern are one of the best teams in the world, and on a par with Real Madrid and Barcelona".

"This is a huge European match between two top teams". Striker Robert Lewandowski is confident of overcoming a knock to his right shoulder, while goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and forward Thomas Mueller both returned to training on Monday after recent absences.

'I try to stay up to date with how the team is getting on, although that can be hard sometimes, as we have a lot of games here and I dedicate a lot of time to my private life, too, ' Kroos added.

"That's what he did during my time at Real, where he was a great assistant because he had such a good relationship with the players".

"We have to wait but this doesn't change our idea of the game, our strategy and the confidence we have for this game".

And Reals Germany midfielder Toni Kroos is another to be coming up against his former employers.

Real's "BBC" trident enjoyed one of their most productive nights under Ancelotti the last time they were in the Allianz Arena, running riot in a 4-0 win to inflict the heaviest ever defeat on a side coached by Pep Guardiola. "Besides, I feel very comfortable in Munich".

Real may have two defenders on the sidelines for the clash, with centre-backs Raphael Varane and Pepe out with injuries.

The 18-year-old forward, newly capped by France, has netted 12 times in his last 11 games and 19 for the season. "Everyone is talking about the game". "Obviously, it'll be different on the pitch", Rummenigge told AS. He has won six out of seven games in charge so far, including impressive victories over Liverpool and Sevilla.

  • Julie Sanders