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‘Going to happen’ – Tuchel predicts Bayern Munich’s goalscorer vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are now 270 minutes away from Champions League glory, but it is safe to say that every minute of the journey here on will be a battle of the highest standards.

Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the last round, Los Blancos practically eliminated their single-biggest threat to the title. Now, however, they face another formidable opposition in Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians have not enjoyed the best season domestically, but Bayer Leverkusen’s historic Bundesliga win now means that their complete focus will be on the UCL.

Speaking to the media ahead of the blockbuster semifinal against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel backed his side to perform well and even named one specific player who he felt would find the back of the net.

“Gnabry is going to score against Real Madrid. I don’t know how I know, but it’s going to happen,” he said, as relayed by Bayern Munich TV.

Tactics ahead of Madrid clash

Elaborating on what it meant to face the kings of the competition in the final four stage, the German tactician revealed that it was a game worthy of being the finale itself.

“The semi-final already feels a bit like the final. My approach is to line up like a final. We want to get to Wembley and win there.”

“We are ready, we have a lot of confidence. It was important to beat Arsenal. Now the next step is against Real Madrid,” he added on his team’s chances.

Tuchel has faced Real Madrid several times before, notably as the manager of Chelsea in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. His side at the time made it past Los Blancos once but went down fighting in the later edition despite mounting a heroic comeback.

“We faced Real Madrid twice with Chelsea, also previously with PSG and Dortmund. The most notable difference from the last game with Chelsea is that Karim Benzema is gone. He was the focal point at the time,” Tuchel said on his experience facing Real Madrid.

Point of difference. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

While Benzema has left, Vinicius and Rodrygo, alongside Jude Bellingham, of course, have taken over the mantle from him and done exceedingly well.

The manager then elaborated on what has changed at the Spanish capital since the last time he faced the team and who led the charge for the Merengues now.

“They’ve made up for that with a change of system. Many approaches are still similar, but the way they play has changed, also through Jude Bellingham, who plays as a 10, 8, 6.”

“But there are still Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, so not everything has changed. We need to find a good balance,” he added, valuing the more experienced names equally.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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