Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

For the right to Kick Salah in Kiev

Whilst these aren’t vintage editions of Bayern or Real, it nevertheless should be a delicious 180 minutes of football between these two, particularly as their prospective final opponents don’t exactly look invincible.

Much fuss was made last year when Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League, and given no team has won three in a row since the monstrous Bayern team of the mid 70s (who also sneaked in a World Cup for West Germany in 1974,) one would imagine this Madrid team were one of the great sides of their generation managed by a genius. The truth is however, that they have not even been the best in la Liga during this period of European dominance, and their march to this stage has included an undressing at Tottenham, and a closer shave than the one on Zizou’s bonce in the quarter-finals (although Sergio Ramos returns for the semi). Zizou himself still seems lucky rather than brilliant. Yet as Roma showed last night, it is one thing to know a team can be vulnerable, but exploiting it is another skill altogether.

Jupp Heynckes has managed both these sides to Champions League glory (15 years apart), and was fired by both just days later. The man is a managerial genius and quite frankly, with all due respect to Mikel Arteta, Arsenal are mad not to beg him to replace Wenger. In his 4th spell at Bayern, he has managed a 29 point swing in the title race, and despite the absence of Manuel Neuer and Arturo Vidal, will be confident he can knock out his former club.

Can they do it? Can they stop Ronaldo? If anyone can, Jupp can! Back Bayern at 2.06 to reach Kiev.

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