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’We are convinced’ – Bayern Munich winger confident of beating Real Madrid

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As Real Madrid gear up to take on Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg later tonight in Germany, the Bavarians’ winger Bryan Zaragoza has claimed that he is confident of winning the contest.

Bayern Munich made it to the final four of the competition after eliminating Arsenal in the previous round. As for Real Madrid, they got past current trophy holders Manchester City in the quarterfinal.

Considering that and Real Madrid’s pedigree in the competition, they are seen as the favourites to win and make it the finals in London.

However, Bryan Zaragoza is confident that Bayern Munich will go toe to toe with the Merengues and emerge triumphant.

“We know that Real Madrid is a great team and that in the Champions League they are one of the greatest, along with us, but it is a 50-50% tie,” Zaragoza told MARCA.

“In our locker room, with enthusiasm and desire, we are convinced that we can win and we are going for it.”

Bryan Zaragoza confident ahead of Real Madrid clash. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Describing the mood within the dressing room ahead of the match tonight, he added:

“In the locker room, the atmosphere is one of great expectation and motivation ahead of the game. Being Spanish, for me it is also a special match, since we always like to play this type of games since we were little. 

“We are all focused and very excited to have a positive result.”

Zaragoza has not played much since joining Bayern Munich in the January transfer window. However, he will be hoping to make a difference against a team from his homeland over the coming weeks.

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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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