Real Madrid must be ready to 'suffer' in Champions League semi-finals with Bayern Munich

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Butragueno anticipates a tough challenge from the Bundesliga giants.

Real Madrid must be prepared to “suffer” against Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final, club director Emilio Butragueno has said.

The testing draw against the Bundesliga champions sees the teams go head to head in the competition for the second successive year.

Last year’s quarter-final proved a tight affair, with Real winning the first leg 2-1 in Germany but then being extended to extra time when Bayern led the second match 2-1 after 90 minutes at the Bernabeu.

A three-goal flourish in the added 30 minutes saw Real take a flattering 6-3 aggregate win, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring five times across the tie.

Butragueno, who was a prominent striker for Real in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said: “Bayern are a great team, with very good players and incredible international experience, it will be very difficult.

Madrid and Bayern will be meeting for a second successive year.

Madrid and Bayern will be meeting for a second successive year.

“The most difficult part is always still to come. The last step is the hardest because the four best teams are here. We are very excited and our players have shown once again their desire to reach another final.”

He told realmadrid.com that playing the second leg at home, as Real will do on May 1, is not necessarily an advantage, and said the team must throw all they have at the tie.

“It’s almost impossible not to suffer when getting to this level of the competition,” Butragueno said.

“But if you have to suffer to be in the final, you have to suffer.

“It’s been a complicated road. We’ve come up against PSG and Juventus and now Bayern.

“They’re prestigious opponents, but we trust our players and for a long time now they have shown what they are capable of.”

Most popular

Related Tags

Chelsea lodge formal complaint to UEFA over treatment of fans in Barcelona

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Chelsea have complained to UEFA over the 'policing' in Barcelona.

Chelsea have made an official complaint to UEFA over the “brutal” treatment they say their supporters received at the hands of police and stewards during last month’s Champions League loss away to Barcelona.

The London club said an “unprecedented response” from fans to an appeal for information regarding the alleged incidents had led them to take their case to UEFA, European football’s governing body.

“We issued a plea for information to those fans who may have been involved in these incidents,” said a statement on Chelsea’s website issued on Friday.

“This resulted in an unprecedented response, with a large number of individuals coming forward to complain in relation to poor organisation, lack of crowd control, brutality on the part of stewards and police and exposure to generally unsafe conditions.

“Chelsea takes the safety of our fans, both at home and away, extremely seriously, and this not what we expect when attending events organised by UEFA or its member clubs.

“We thank those supporters who shared their experiences to help form our report and will now await a response from UEFA.”

At the time, UEFA said they too were looking into the alleged incidents, with fans posting videos on social media around Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat.

Most popular

Related Tags

Two writers pick Liverpool as Sport360 give their Champions League winners predictions

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Liverpool will face Roma in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Champions League’s final four includes three traditional heavyweights and a team that has never lifted the fable trophy before in AS Roma.

Liverpool may be the happiest team of the four after drawing the relative novices – but Roma proved in nullifying Barcelona that they will not be a team just along for the ride.

Familiar foes Bayern Munich head to Real Madrid in the first leg looking to avenge last year’s extra-time quarter-finals defeat and send manager Jupp Heynckes off into the sunset – once again – with European’s ultimate prize in tow.

Real, of course, are aiming for an unprecedented hat-trick but showed enough weakness in their last-gasp victory over Juventus to give every other team hope.

Below, our writers pick through the storylines – and attempt to come up with a winner.

Chris Bailey, head of content

1304 Predictions Chris

It’s difficult to remember a year in which three of the semi-finalists are so closely matched, both in strength and fallibility. Real Madrid are a disaster at the back if they can’t control the game and may be without Sergio Ramos for their first leg against Bayern, who must fancy their chances of an away goal. The Germans could approach the game undercooked after sleepwalking to their sixth Bundesliga success in a row and these semis. Liverpool are a Virgil van Dijk injury away from defensive chaos, no matter how potent their attack. And Roma are the clear outsiders – though that Barcelona win was no fluke.

I’ll take the team that has conceded just eight goals in eight UCL games this season. Bayern, quietly step up to the podium.

Brendon Netto, reporter

1304 Predictions Brendon

Liverpool fans would’ve rejoiced when they drew Roma and I do think that if they get past the Italians, they have the tools to hurt Madrid or Bayern in a one-off game.

But the Romans have more about them than they’re given credit for despite proving their mettle in that remarkable comeback against Barcelona and I fancy them to go through over two legs.

Madrid were hardly convincing in the second leg against Juventus but Cristiano Ronaldo is unstoppable in this competition and I expect him to make the difference.

That may set up a cagey final with Roma who won’t be run over but Madrid’s experience and sheer confidence should see them secure their third Champions League trophy on the bounce (what?!).

Matt Jones, reporter

1304 Predictions Matt&Alex

Liverpool supporters might get mercilessly mocked because they believe next year is always ‘our year’ in terms of grasping an elusive top-flight English league title – but when it comes to continental success, it might just be their time.

The Champions League gods have smiled on the Scousers. Although Roma are not to be taken lightly in the semi-finals, the Reds will rightly fancy their chances. And in a one-off game against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, Liverpool are a match for either.

Whoever emerges from the clash of the Spanish and German giants will still be favourites, but that won’t rattle the Reds who won’t be such massive underdogs as they were in Istanbul 13 years ago.

Alex Broun, reporter

1304 Predictions Matt&Alex

Many would say this is a dream draw for Liverpool – and for that matter Roma – but for Reds fans to be truly confident they would have preferred the second leg at fortress Anfield.

However, Roma have climbed their mountain now and won’t have much left when Mohamed Salah returns to the Italian capital (and it will be interesting to see how the I Giallorossi welcome back the Egyptian King).

You have to feel sorry for Real Madrid who have had a horror draw – PSG, Juve and now Bayern – but I fully expect them to sneak through against the German giants.

Then in the final over 90-minutes, it’s anyone’s game, but Liverpool should just have enough pace, skill (and/or luck) to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Most popular