UEFA Champions League tie with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich’s chances look good – Müller

Bayern Munich player Thomas Müller said Bundesliga champions have what it takes to knock out the Los Blancos from the Champions League.

The the Bavarians stand a good chance of beating Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League first leg semi-finals clash at Allianz Arena.

Bayern are facing their Spanish opponents for the seventh time in a European Cup semi-final and Jupp Heynckes’ side rule the tale of the tape in terms of meetings at this stage of the tournament, having previously advanced past Real and onto the final on four occasions.

Müller told Bundesliga We’re not in a semi-final just like that. We’re in a good phase and the game is coming at the right time.

“What the result will be is something we’ll have to see. I’m sure we won’t be gifted anything but there’s something in the air right now.”

The the self-proclaimed Raumdeuter said that although nobody at the Bundesliga giants would be taking anything for granted, it was hard to ignore the form of a team who have lost just once in their last 26 games and are chasing down a domestic and European treble.

The chances (against Real Madrid) look good,” said Mueller.

“We’ve hit a purple patch and the game is coming at the right time.

“I’m sure we won’t be gifted anything, but there’s something in the air right now.”

Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to their 2013 treble, wants a place in the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev before stepping down as head coach.

Just as he did in 2013, the 72-year-old could bow out with the treble.

Bayern have already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title and are into the German Cup final on May 19.

A year ago, Bayern lost the first-leg 2-1 in Munich, then went down 4-2 away.

In Munich, Arturo Vidal scored early for Bayern but then failed to convert a penalty with the Germans controlling the game and Real on the ropes.

However, the match turned as Ronaldo netted two second-half goals and Bayern had Javi Martinez sent off for a second booking.

Madrid have won their last five matches against Bayern, scoring 13 goals and conceding four in the process, and are bidding to win the Champions League for the third straight season.

It is easy to understand any nervousness in Bayern’s ranks facing superstar Ronaldo.

Lewandowski, their top-scorer who was injured for last season’s first leg against Real, has hit 39 goals, compared to Ronaldo’s 42, in all competitions in 2017/18.

Bayern have scored 14 times in their last three games — with Lewandowski and Mueller claiming four goals each.

It is easy to understand any nervousness in Bayern’s ranks facing superstar Ronaldo.

Real’s goal-machine has hit seven goals in his last three appearances against Bayern.

The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season alone.

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