Bayern trails Real Madrid 1-0 in Champions League

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 6:25 am •  Published: April 28, 2014
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"Of course, we know what we need. We need more than one goal to progress. We also have fast players but they are always in a position to hurt us."

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MADRID'S NEMESIS

Munich has not been good to Real Madrid before. Bayern has eight wins against Madrid at home, with one draw.

Madrid has a terrible record in Germany: two wins with 19 defeats and six draws. But Real Madrid eliminated two German sides in the two previous rounds this season, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. Madrid won 6-1 at Schalke, but lost 2-0 in Dortmund and came close to being eliminated.

Madrid and Bayern have met in European Cup semifinals five times, with Madrid coming through only once, in 2000. In the most recent matchup, Bayern won on penalties in 2012.

The last two times Real Madrid won the title, it defeated Bayern — in the semifinals in 2000 and in the quarterfinals in 2002.

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RAMOS' REDEMPTION

If there is one Real Madrid player more than any other who will be eager to play well at Bayern Munich it is defender Sergio Ramos.

Ramos, who has lifted several trophies with Madrid and the World Cup with Spain, suffered perhaps his lowest moment as a football player when he missed a spot kick in a penalty shootout against Bayern two years ago at the same stage in the Champions League.

Bayern went through to the final after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved Cristiano Ronaldo's and Kaka's spot kicks before Ramos launched his try well high over the bar at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It was hard but you have to put it behind you, look forward and leave bad memories behind you," Ramos said. "These moments define your professional career. We hope everything goes well and that I can finally play in a Champions League final."

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ELUSIVE 10th:

Real Madrid has been seeking that elusive 10th European Cup title since 2002, and missed out the last two seasons by falling in the penultimate stage.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti oversaw Milan's home and away wins (both 2-1) over Bayern in the 2002-03 group stage, then overcame the German side 5-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 in 2006. In the following season, Ancelotti's Milan got past Bayern in the quarterfinals.

"At this stage in the competition the psychological aspect is more important than tactics," Ancelotti said. "We have to be strong mentally in order to do our best to reach the final."