Bayern v Real Madrid: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

It's a case of master meets apprentice as ex-Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti pits his wits against former assistant Zinédine Zidane – and both reckon there won't be much in it.

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  • Bayern and Real Madrid in 11th European Cup knockout tie
  • Teams' 23rd meeting, the most-played fixture in UEFA club competition
  • Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti won Madrid's tenth European Cup in 2014
  • Zinédine Zidane was Ancelotti's assistant at Madrid
  • The sides have won five apiece in European Cup knockout ties

Possible line-ups
Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Javi Martínez, Boateng, Alaba; Vidal, Alonso, Thiago; Robben, Lewandowski, Ribéry.
Out: Hummels (ankle)
Doubtful: Müller (ankle)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Pepe (ribs), Varane (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Modrić, Ramos

Bayern v Real Madrid: Six great goals
Bayern v Real Madrid: Six great goals

Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach
It will be a special occasion for me: I have a special connection with the club and the players. 'Zizou' and I are very good friends. I'm delighted he has done so well at Real and won the UEFA Champions League. The fact I know 'Zizou' and the players well is no advantage, though.

We're aware of what Real can do, we have a lot of respect for them, but we're more focused on what we can do. It will be a difficult match, but we have the confidence and we're in good form.

When Ancelotti's Real Madrid blew Bayern away
When Ancelotti's Real Madrid blew Bayern away

Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach
I know Carlo and he knows me, but it means nothing. Tomorrow is about two great teams playing each other, not me playing against Carlo. We have done very well so far in the competition and we want to go for it tomorrow and get the win.

I think our team is better now than in 2014 – but we need to prove it. What happened three years ago happened and it was wonderful. But tomorrow is a completely different game, between two different teams.

Lewandowski's fine form continued
Lewandowski's fine form continued©Getty Images

Weekend results
Bayern 4-1 Dortmund (Ribéry 4, Lewandowski 10 68p, Robben 49; Raphaël Guerreiro 20)
Robert Lewandowski's double against his old club means he has now scored in seven straight Bundesliga home games. Leaders Bayern thus maintained their ten-point lead over RB Leipzig with six matches to go, after Franck Ribéry and Lewandowski's early goals helped make quick amends for the midweek loss to Hoffenheim.

Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético (Pepe 52; Griezmann 85)
A header by Pepe, who later suffered cracked ribs, from Toni Kroos's free-kick ensured Madrid scored for the 52nd consecutive fixture but Antoine Griezmann's late equaliser denied them victory. It also gave Barcelona the chance to erase the Merengues' Liga lead – thankfully for Real, the Catalans lost to leave Madrid three ahead with a game in hand.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: WLWWWW
Madrid: DWWWWW

Carlo Ancelotti and Zinédine Zidane
Carlo Ancelotti and Zinédine Zidane©Getty Images

Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel (@UEFAcomJordanM)
Bayern have won their last 16 UEFA Champions League home matches, since the humiliating 4-0 defeat Real Madrid inflicted on them in Munich three years ago, and if they can take a lead to Spain next week, I fancy them to reach the semis. However, they will need to avoid making the same mistakes as in 2014 and pay particular attention to Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and friends when defending set pieces.

Did you know?
This first leg is the 23rd fixture between the sides, making it the most played match in UEFA club competition. Find out more in our extensive match background.

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