Zidane meets mentor Ancelotti in Champions League quarters

13 April, 2017, 02:29 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Zidane meets mentor Ancelotti in Champions League quarters

Bayern Munich are taking on holders Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"He trained today only for 20 minutes because he had a problem in his last game".

The Poland global trained for only 20 minutes and speaking at his prematch news conference, Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti said: "He won't play if he's still in pain". I think it's a good result for us.

"We're preparing for the game as if Lewandowski was going to play, although if he doesn't, Bayern have fine players in every position".

Bayern will be without centre-back Mats Hummels for the Madrid game as the Germany global has suffered a ligament injury to his right ankle.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane assumes Lewandowski will play.

"I am very disappointed by the penalty miss, but this is football".

Zidane himself does not believe their familiarity is of much outcome ahead of the tussle. "I trust in the two out-and-out central defenders that are now available", Zidane said as Ramos will miss the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals if he is shown a yellow card on Wednesday.

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Bayern's head coach Carlo Ancelotti has offered Bartra and Dortmund his best wishes.

"What I like about him is that he aspires to win that trophy - it is a sign of his ambition".

Despite his side sitting on top of the La Liga table Zidane will go into the game under some pressure with talk that some of his superstars are not happy with his squad rotation policy.

The Spanish side are without injured defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane, but their front three - Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale - are all fit.

The former suffered a double rib fracture in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, while the latter is out for a month with a hamstring injury.

"Both regularly feature in Forbes" list of the most valuable sports teams - Real were rated the richest football club a year ago, with Bayern fourth - but there is a difference in philosophies at the heart of each side.

"We have faith, we are a great team and we can come back from this". They will try to have a lot of possession.

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