Money Can Not Buy The Champions League - Toni Kroos

Asked about that decision, the Madrid coach's answer could have repercussions for Bale, who wants to stay at the club.

Robert Lewandowski insists Real Madrid are not a one-man team as Bayern Munich prepare for a Champions League semi-final showdown against familiar foe Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he is not fazed by the German champions despite Madrid's near slip-up against Juventus.

- The 33-year-old has scored nine goals against Bayern in the Champions League - the only player to have netted more goals against a single opponent in the competition is Ronaldo himself, scoring 10 versus Juventus.

"These are two teams with a great tradition in European football, who play and love attractive football".

"Big teams need to be able to cope with injuries to big players like Vidal".

It's hard to work out precisely how good Bayern are - earlier in the season they were so out of shape that they sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti, with Jupp Heynckes returning for yet another spell and overseeing a marked improvement.

Bayern, five-time European Cup winners, host 12-time champions Real in a mouth-watering semi-final first leg today. As much as his defensive organisation, Real missed Ramos' leadership skills and needed Ronaldo's stoppage time penalty to progress.

Zinedine Zidane's side knows that everything hinges on winning a third successive UEFA Champions League title after a domestic campaign which sees it 15 points behind likely champion Barcelona in La Liga and failure in the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid boss has hinted that certain star players could be allowed to leave the club in search of playing time at the end of the season, per The Telegraph. "In these types of games we'll be 150% up for, there's no question about that".

"Since he arrived, they've played much better so I think they're harder to beat than a year ago but we'll see". Apart from the on-field side of things, I think that Spanish fans are more passionate about the game compared to German supporters.

"This is our last chance to win a title".

"We know it will be very hard, but we've already beaten Paris (Saint-Germain) and Juventus on our way here".

Real had no match this weekend, but Bundesliga champion Bayern warmed up with a 3-0 win at Hannover. The striker has been on the wanted list for Real Madrid for sometime now with Bale admitting: "Lewandowski has enough quality to play for Madrid". Bayern will be just as hungry as us.

  • Julie Sanders