Bayern can still turn it around at Real, says Ancelotti

Ross Houston
April 16, 2017

Following last week's epic first leg tie in the Allianz Arena, Real have a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinal against Munich thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double in Germany.

But in the days that followed, Ronaldo met with Sergio Ramos to discuss the players who were upset with him, and when Ramos spilled the beans, Ronaldo became upset with them for questioning him.

"It is not easy to play here, Bayern have great players and are a great team, but we still needed to play well in the second half". Even losing at the break, we had a good feeling for the second half.

But a penalty miss just before half-time from opening goalscorer Arturo Vidal, Ronaldo's equaliser and then a red card for Javi Martínez turned the game.

"It will be more hard in Madrid, but we still have a chance, we are still alive".

But now it has been decided not to attempt to rush him back for Tuesday's second leg against Bayern in order to give him the best chance of being fit for El Clasico next Sunday.

"It's a great honour to reach 100 goals in Europe".

Ronaldo's last Champions League goal prior to Wednesday's game-winning display came against Borussia Dortmund all the way back in September, but he silenced many of his critics against one of the tournament's favourites in midweek. "The results are going our way and I'm happy because of that". "We're happy with the game we played".

Defender Raphael Varane and Pepe both missed the first leg, and they'll continue to be absent in the return tie.

The 32-year-old first found the net during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Hungarian outfit Debrecen in a Champions League qualifier in August 2005, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy also on the scoresheet that night.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has also been left out of Madrid's squad for the Sporting game, leaving Zidane with depleted numbers to choose from.

Real Madrid are fully aware of the threat Lewandowski poses as in the 2012-13 campaign the Poland worldwide scored four goals while playing for Borussia Dortmund, knocking the Spaniards out of the tournament.

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