UEFA charges Bayern for 2 fan incidents at Real Madrid game

Randy Kelley
May 1, 2018

"We have not won anything yet, they have won two trophies and have had a great season. He scored, he's useful, he moves very well and he could be part of our arsenal throughout the game", the veteran coach said.

Even Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have lifted Europe's biggest prize only twice, all with more years in management under their belts. To try to define their football and explain how they play is hard.

The 30-year-old was an unused substitute in the first leg, but goes into the return fixture fresh from scoring his eighth Bundesliga goal in 12 matches since rejoining his boyhood club from Hoffenheim at the turn of the year. But there is no great sense of process - and in a sense that makes them a flawless representation of football's modern age. "Coaches like this were given a lot of time, they did a lot of things". Real Madrid have something of a spell over the Champions League, but under Zidane, that has escalated to an entirely new level.

This will be the fifth Champions League semifinals under his belt. But the season before was probably as straightforward a run as any side has had in the Champions League era: Roma, Wolfsburg, a supine Manchester City and Atletico. The winger and his Bayern team-mates fly to Madrid on Monday vowing to upset the odds.

"We're going to have to produce a huge performance so I ask the fans to make more noise than they've made in the club's history because we're going to need them to get to the final", Zidane said.

Wales forward Gareth Bale produced an acrobatic finish from close range on the volley to put Madrid ahead against its neighbor in the eighth minute of the game, narrowly beating the offside trap despite protests from the visiting players. And yet Madrid, once again, prevailed.

Real Madrid stand on the brink of football immortality.

"I am very happy [at Bayern] and just thinking of this game and of playing a good World Cup".

Madrid hosts Bayern in the second leg on Tuesday, but the European champion has struggled in decisive matches at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and is wary of more surprises.

A spot in the final later this month. Putting them out of the Champions League would be an excellent way of underlining his quality to them.

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