Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu

Bayern's Lewandowski set to face Madrid's shaky defence

No Bale as Real Madrid gear up for Bayern return leg

REAL MADRID will hope to capitalise on their victory in the first leg against Bayern Munich to progress in the Champions League.

The Poland worldwide missed last Wednesday's first leg as Der FCB surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, but Lewandowski has told German newspaper Bild (h/t AS' Carlos Forjanes): "I'm ready to play".

"Lewandowski is a quality player but it is not all about him", Casemiro said at a media conference.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Toni Kroos to play in all the big games left for Real Madrid this season.

"The first chance we get on Tuesday, we have to score!" the 33-year-old explained to Bild.

Marco Asensio replaced the former Tottenham star at Bayern last week, but Isco could be the chosen one to take his place on Tuesday night after the former Malaga star scored a brace during Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon on Saturday. We will be ready. "It won't be easy, we're the underdogs". We have a smaller chance than in the first leg, but we can definitely win this. We want to play.

Madrid had most of its regular starters available for the loss to Celta in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, where it couldn't come back after conceding two goals on counterattacks in the second half.

Bayern badly missed their injured leading scorer last week, but now he's back and they must make the very most of his firepower by giving him plenty of ammunition. "The first leg is already in the past and we know the difficulties Bayern can create".

Progression for Madrid would put them a step closer to becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League, and give Zinedine Zidane an incredible two triumphs in his first two seasons as coach.

A penalty shoot-out win over city rivals Atletico Madrid added another European crown to the capital club's trophy cabinet.

Lewandowski has seven Champions League goals, level with Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and behind only Barcelona's Lionel Messi (11) and Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani (8), this season.

"That is a plus for Bayern, but he is their player".

And with Javi Martinez suspended after his red card in the first leg, Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate for both players to be fit. But we have many games, many competitions, and we will see tomorrow what will happen.

Lewandowski has scored 38 goals in 40 appearances this season and his presence was badly missed as Bayern not only slumped to defeat at home last Wednesday, but also drew a blank in a 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. He is three short of the 100th-goal mark in the Champions League.

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