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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor is busy making ready for a Champions League semi-final towards Bayern Munich in Germany however he made certain Rashford acquired the effectively needs and jersey. "What happened a year ago is in the past", insisted Robert Lewandowski ahead of Wednesday's semifinal showdown in Munich. It was a fantastic feeling when the whistle went and Real were European champions again.
This is the both clubs' fourth two-legged tie in seven seasons with Real winning two.
Bayern will welcome Real to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their latest encounter on Wednesday, with the return date set to be staged in Madrid on May 1.
Heynckes has guided both clubs to Champions League glory in the past.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE hinted Gareth Bale's days at Real Madrid could be numbered ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final, first leg with Bayern Munich.
The size of the challenge facing Bayern is not lost on Germany worldwide Boateng, who has faced Ronaldo with club and country in the past, with Real boasting plenty of other potential match-winners in their ranks. "There are some very important players in this team, but it's always the same, some of them miss out". The beauty of the Champions League is that it's so hard that the victor, regardless of where they finish in their domestic league, will have earned their medal. "Bayern are a great club with great team spirit", Zidane said, adding last season's victory in the quarter-finals over the Germans meant nothing now.
"When it comes to goal quotas, Ronaldo is in the lead", he told Bild.
Kroos says Bayern have a side with loads of excellent players that he has played with. The German team played the entire extra time in Madrid with 10 men.
Karim Benzema scored the victor in the 1-0 victory in Madrid.
Ronaldo has scored in 12 straight games, including 25 goals in his last 15 matches.
Robben moved to Real from Chelsea as one of the deadliest attackers in the world but his time in the Spanish capital is remembered more for the injuries he accumulated than the goals.
"But the main thing is the team's performance, not only Ronaldo's".
Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich represent four of Europe's top five leagues.
Zidane beat goalkeeper Oliver Kahn with a shot from inside the area.
Bayern had won the first leg in Munich 2-1 thanks to Gomez's 90th-minute victor after Mesut Ozil's second-half equaliser cancelled out Franck Ribery's early goal. "It's true that in the last two games we have had chances and we have not taken them but now we are going to have a game on Wednesday away from home".
Real have been heavily linked with him in recent months and the striker, who has scored 39 goals in all competitions this term, knows there can be no better stage to impress a potential future employer by upstaging their star forward. Madrid, however, won in the 1988 quarterfinals.