Casemiro: More to Bayern than Lewandowski

He did not play at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. "That is a plus for Bayern [that he should return]".

Casemiro has recognized the prolific Lewandowski presents an important danger, though he's cautious of forgetting in regards to the other risks Bayern have within their positions.

"It'll be a great game", said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 title.

"They've got a brilliant squad".

Javi Martinez is suspended following his red card in the first leg and Mats Hummels (ankle) and Jerome Boateng (thigh) face late fitness tests. "But we'll have a chance to win in Madrid".

"Asked to confirm a Marca story on Monday morning that Real president Florentino Perez had assured Zidane that he would stay in the job next season regardless of how results went between now and June, he said: "[I know] nothing about that. Lewandowski was even training with the team. But we have many games, many competitions, and we will see tomorrow what will happen.

"I hope it is nothing and in a few days he can be with us again".

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored both first-leg goals for Madrid in Munich, is set to start on Tuesday along with Karim Benzema.

Ahead of Tuesday's second leg at the Bernabeu, Bale told Spanish outlet Mega: "I think we've been solid".

The Portugal global netted twice in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie to hand Madrid a 2-1 lead ahead of the return and Ancelotti is desperate to avoid a repeat of last week's scenario.

With Gareth Bale ruled out with the calf problem he sustained in the first leg, Madrid will be relying on their star man.

Zidane then suggested that he only replaced Bale as a precaution as he did not want to take any risk with the Wales worldwide ahead of the coming crucial encounters with Bayern and Barcelona. "He wants to come back, he has been working hard". Zinedine Zidane has confirmed the big blow in his press conference but was optimistic of having him back for the Sunday's visit of Barcelona. Their two defeats during that time were against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4).

Since 2010-11, Real Madrid have won 34 of their 40 Champions League games at the Bernabeu (D4 L2). "It looks tough for him, just 77 minutes, it's not much". This encounter will represent the fifth time that the Hungarian official has overseen a game involving Madrid in Europe's elite club competition.

"It has always been Real Madrid's competition". "The first leg is already over".

The odds are clearly against Bayern, but there is hope for them.

Arjen Robben believes it possible for Bayern to salvage something in the match against Madrid, despite losing the first leg 2-1 at home.

A Cristiano Ronaldo double helped Madrid turn around the first leg in Bayern, after the German side had the better of the first half and could have been 2-0 up but for a missed Arturo Vidal penalty.

"We understand this is a very hard game, there's a ways to really go and Bayern are a very hard side. It's going to be decided in small details and we have to be ready".

  • Lila Blake