Reasons why Real Madrid have failed to defend their Spanish title

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Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have hoisted this trophy a combined 17 times, reached the final on 25 occasions and know the victor of this encounter will be considered the favorite in the final, regardless of the opposition. It was a fantastic feeling when the whislte went and Real were European champions again.

This is the both clubs' fourth two-legged tie in seven seasons with Real winning two. Bayern's last three semi-finals resulted in elimination - to Real in 2014, Atletico Madrid in 2015 and Barcelona in 2016.

Zidane took over at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 and since then, he has won two Champions League titles for the club.

Bayern held their nerve by winning a penalty shoot-out 3-1 in Madrid after each team won 2-1 in their respective home legs.

"Our fans here, when they see him play football, they enjoy it".

James Rodriguez prepares to face his old team, and with Bayern playing so well in the Bundesliga, they could prove tricky opponents for Zidane's Champions League holders.

Are you surprised that Messi will earn far more than Ronaldo this season?

The LaLiga club knocked out five-time winners Bayern in the quarter-finals of last season's campaign, edging a dramatic encounter 6-3 on aggregate after extra time.




"When it comes to goal quotas, Ronaldo is in the lead", Kimmich told Bild.

These star-studded teams are hardly strangers to the latter stages of Europe's premier tournament and there are four men who know how it feels to represent both the white of Real and the red of Bayern.

Karim Benzema scored the victor in the 1-0 victory in Madrid.

Despite dominating, Bayern left Madrid with a 1-0 defeat thanks to Saul Niguez's wonder goal in the first leg of the 2015-16 semis.

Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo each scored twice for Madrid in the return match.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid's feted "BBC" can be sure of their starting place against Bayern Munich today.

An early goal by Franck Ribery and a late victor by Mario Gomez put Bayern ahead in the series, but Madrid rebounded with two goals by Ronaldo in the first 15 minutes of the second leg before Arjen Robben pulled one back for Bayern before halftime.

Sumpter's Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. Xabi Alonso's deflected free-kick in Munich put Bayern back on level terms just after the half-hour mark, but Thomas Muller saw a penalty saved by Jan Oblak before Antoine Griezmann scored Atletico a vital away goal.

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