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Real Madrid were ‘lucky’ against Man City, Bayern Munich favourites says German legend



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One of the biggest clashes of the season comes our way tomorrow night as Real Madrid lock horns with Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid made it to this stage of the competition following an arduous battle against Manchester City, wherein they prevailed through penalty shootouts.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, saw off Premier League title contenders in the quarterfinals to set up a date for the European Clasico.

Ahead of the big game tomorrow night in Allia Arena, former Bayern Munich and Germany icon Lothar Matthaus has given his prediction.

As per the legendary former footballer, Bayern Munich are the favourites to win against Real Madrid, who he believes were lucky against Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

“Bayern is slightly favored against Real Madrid. Reason? Real were lucky to advance against Manchester City,” Matthaus said (h/t The Madrid Zone).

“I’ve heard that the mood in the Bayern dressing room is better than it’s been for a long time.”

Lothar Matthaus sees Bayern as slight favourites vs Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Real Madrid go into the game on the back of a very productive two-week period during which they have seen off challenges from Manchester City, Barcelona, and more recently Real Sociedad.

Bayern Munich are also in a good moment, having not lost any of their last five games in all competitions, and won the previous four.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s side have some fitness concerns heading into tomorrow’s game as Leroy Sane is a doubt while Jamal Musiala did not play against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Konrad Laimer picked up an injury during Saturday’s clash whereas Matthijs de Ligt was also spotted limping due to some physical issue.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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