Real Madrid keen to make advantage count against Bayern

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Real Madrid keen to make advantage count against Bayern

Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, Sports Mole looks at Cristiano Ronaldo's previous record against the Bavarians.

"I think Real were all at sea defending every cross, so we know what we have to do", said Wagner, the back-up for top-scorer Robert Lewandowski.

Real rode their luck in the Allianz Arena and lead 2-1 in the semi-final tie after grabbing a crucial victory in the first leg and Zidane expects another demanding game from the Bundesliga champions in the return fixture. We'll have to play like we never have before this year: we need concentration, determination, commitment, to win battles.

Sloppy defense was key to those struggles by Madrid at home.

"They want to enjoy their title and the same for us and ours, we need to eliminate the Germans and to reach another final".

This season, they had a celebrity clash against PSG, a team based even more around the cult of the individual than Madrid, then an aging Juve side that should have gone out to Tottenham in the previous round, and now an ever more superannuated Bayern who are racked by injuries.

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Leganes was unfortunate to go two goals down at the interval after coming to close to scoring on three occasions, including Watford loanee Nordin Amrabat striking the crossbar. "Barcelona deserved to be a champion, we have to congratulate them, nothing more", said Zidane. Youngster Achraf Hakimi is Carvajal's immediate substitute but he has not impressed. Lewandowski was quiet in the first leg, though, well-marshalled by Sergio Ramos, who played in that 2013 semifinal but at right-back.

"It could be an option", Ramos said.

Carvajal has been one of the most important players for Madrid over the last couple of years, providing determined defence at one end of the pitch and a non-stop supply of attacking pressure at the other, and his absence through injury is a big blow for Zidane.

Bayern, a five-time European champion, is looking to return to the final after four seasons. "We need cool heads and hot hearts".

Ronaldo has been the scourge of Bayern Munich in recent years, netting nine goals in just seven Champions League appearances; only against Juventus has he scored more in the competition.

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