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Bayern Munich icon excited to face Real Madrid – ‘One of the most important matches in football’



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Real Madrid’s clash with Manchester City lived up to the billing as it was a nail-biting contest between two of Europe’s most formidable sides.

But eventually, the Merengues secured qualification by winning on penalties. Andriy Lunin’s heroics between the sticks and the poise the Real Madrid players displayed from the spot saw them take home the spoils of victory.

Now, Real Madrid gear up to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals in what promises to be an enthralling affair.

Muller’s message to Bayern fans

After a six-year hiatus, Real Madrid are all set to renew their rivalry with Bayern Munich. Among the returning stars are familiar faces like Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller.

In a video broadcast on his social platforms (h/t AS), Muller touched upon the upcoming clash with Real Madrid.

“The German guys sealed the pass. Toni Rüdiger for Real Madrid and Joshua Kimmich for us. I think the semifinals between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are one of the most important matches in football world,” he enthusiastically voiced.

Muller is no stranger to facing Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I’m excited to go there in three weeks, as the first leg is in two weeks. Let’s go FCB, Mia san mia!” the Bayern Munich icon added.

Real Madrid are in the business end of the season

The Royal Whites will be vying to get the better of Bayern Munich, but there is still some time before the clash commences on 30 April.

Before they divert their focus to the Bavarians, Real Madrid must overcome Barcelona this weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu as a win would solidify their chances of lifting the La Liga title.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men presently maintain an eight-point lead over Barcelona and thus an opportunity to extend that advantage would allow them to fully focus on the Champions League down the line.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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