Bale ruled out of Champions League game against Bayern

Ross Houston
April 18, 2017

Javi Martinez will not be available to Carlo Ancelotti after he was sent off in the first leg, where Real Madrid won 2-1.

'Our fans always give us a plus, especially in games like this one, ' said manager Zinedine Zidane.

"We still have a game to play and we need to play very, very well".

"We are not going to change the way we play, but Lewandowski is a player that scores a lot of goals and having him back gives us a lot of confidence".

Mateusz Borek, a Polish commentator for Polsat Sport and Eurosport, says he has received a text message from Lewandowski saying the Bayern striker, who has a reputation for being exceptionally immune to injuries, was fit to play in the weekend game, but had been ruled out by yellow cards he collected in previous matches.

Despite falling down the pecking order at Real Madrid this season and struggling for game time, Isco turned in a match-winning display with two goals, including a late victor, in their 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon.

"Lewandowski will help us", said former Real coach Ancelotti.

"It will be very hard in Madrid but we still have confidence".

Madrid are trying to become the first team to defend the title since the competition's new format was created in 1992. 'Hopefully we have corrected the mistakes that we made in the first leg.

Bayern has only managed two wins in 12 matches against Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The 11-time European champion has never failed to progress after winning the first leg away from home in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals for Madrid in the come-from-behind win in the first leg, becoming the first player to reach 100 goals in European competition.

The Welsh winger ultimately proved his critics wrong in his debut campaign with Los Blancos, scoring vital goals in the final of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey as Madrid won both of those trophies.

Real Madrid go into the second leg as clear favorites to progress, knowing that even a 1-0 defeat in the Spanish capital will see them through.

Robert Lewandowski, who hasn't played since injuring his right shoulder against Borussia Dortmund on April 8, is expected to start for Bayern. "As players you have to get the right balance, but I think I've got that within the squad", he told reporters.

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