Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid are not favourites against Bayern Munich

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid are not favourites against Bayern Munich

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid are not favourites against Bayern Munich

Zinedine Zidane's men are eyeing a historic third consecutive UEFA Champions League title - a trophy that will make this season a success.

To date he's bagged 120 goals across 150 matches for Manchester United and Real Madrid with Lionel Messi (100) his nearest challenger.

The 72-year-old, who is bidding to become the oldest coach to win the European Cup, will be handing over the reins to Niko Kovac at the end of the season, but he plans on leaving Bayern with the flawless parting gift of all - another treble.

The Poland worldwide is now keen to make one final big move before entering the twilight of his career, and earlier this season switched from his agent of ten years, Cezary Kucharski, to "super-agent" Pini Zahavi, who has previously represented Rio Ferdinand, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

In Madrid, it has been noted how Heynckes - who has this season guided Bayern from five points behind in the table to yet another Bundesliga title - has turned one their recent hard-to-manage stars into Bayern's blessing.

"There are world-class players on both sides".

Heynckes had a significant part in the flowering of Toni Kroos, too, the Madrid midfielder having played under Heynckes at Bayer Leverkusen and at Bayern, who sold him to Madrid in 2014.

The predictable battle: who can score more between these two grandees of European football. Under Ancelotti, Martinez would rotate in as a center-back, and saw limited playing time.

The Portugal forward scored both goals in Madrid's 2-1 win in Munich, and he then had a hat trick in the return match to give the hosts a 6-3 aggregate victory.

"He will certainly be motivated, but that's because he's a football player", Zidane said.

But, the German side will know of Real's ability in Europe - Zidane's side have had a dismal season in the Spanish league, but they look odds on favourites to win a third successive Champions League title.

Benzema will be joined by Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. The Bayern right-back has nearly seamlessly replaced former captain Philipp Lahm.

The game took a controversial turn from thereon in.

Zidane will surely be quizzed on Bale though during the presser. Bayern are expected to active the Colombian's buyout clause of €42 million in summer 2019 - and the player will no doubt be keen to show Real what they are missing on Wednesday. A year later, Zidane will be looking for a similar performance from his full-back. He also has the best team-mates at Real.

In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time. As that record suggests, he's a lethal finisher, especially in the penalty area. So you have to ask, how can you stop Lewandowski? "It was not on objective for me to be on this stage, because I had already ended my career", he added. Ramos was suspended for the second leg against Juventus for card accumulation and Juventus scored three goals and almost came back to win. Cristiano Ronaldo can play the role, although he is more effective when he has a foil to work with. That responsibility will have to be shared, but Ramos, as Real's leader and the more aggressive of their two center-backs, bears the brunt of it. The newly crowned champions are also the top home scorers with an astounding total of 51 goals (3.4 per game), while at the other end they have conceded on just ten occasions (0.2 per game).

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