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Bayern Munich announce defender will miss Real Madrid clash due to injury

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Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s weekend ahead of the all-important second leg could not be more polar.

Los Blancos were proclaimed champions of La Liga after beating Cadiz and watching Barcelona go down against Girona, while the Bavarians went down 3-1 to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

The reverse fixture on Wednesday, thus, sees two teams with contrasting momentum face off at the Santiago Bernabeu, although it is well known that momentum is not necessarily a factor in the Champions League.

Updates from the German camp

As revealed yesterday, Thomas Tuchel was forced to withdraw Raphael Guerreiro in just the 16th minute against Stuttgart after the defender suffered an injury.

Now, the German giants have officially confirmed the same via their X handle, confirming that the player will be unavailable to face Real Madrid midweek.

Guerreiro won’t be available vs Real Madrid (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

There is, however, a silver lining for Bayern Munich’s defence as well as star defender Matthijs de Ligt was seen returning to training with the group earlier today.

The Dutchman has been out of action since being withdrawn in the team’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt last month. His return, needless to say, will be a massive boost for the visitors on Wednesday as he could even start in central defence.

Focus on the semifinal

The atmosphere in Madrid is rather stale, for the mood is far from celebratory despite the official announcement of Real Madrid’s La Liga title.

After all, the men in white have their minds completely focused on the upcoming clash against the German giants. After a 2-2 draw at Allianz Arena where they were forced to defend deep, Real Madrid will look to get the job done in 90 minutes at the Bernabeu.

From Ancelotti’s perspective, he has an almost fully fit squad at his disposal and it remains to be seen if he trusts either Eder Militao or Thibaut Courtois with minutes on the night.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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