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There are days in life where you can still be in the highest as in the lowest. Decisive days on which history is written . Real Madrid, this Tuesday, is in one of those. When the night arrives in the capital of Spain, the whites will know if they are in the final of Champions a huge success, or if they stay out of it, making insufficient season.
The team of Zinedine Zidane receives Bayern Munich (20:45 hours) in the that could be considered, without exaggerating, the most decisive match (excluding the finals) of the last five years. And not only because it is a Champions semi-final, which is already momentous, but because what can be given the third consecutive European Cup final, or what can be expected in case of defeat.
In recent years some semifinals were equal of relevant and important, but there was the possibility of curing a possible elimination (which never came in the Zidane era) with a good position in League. Last year, for example, Madrid won the title and two years ago it was only one point behind. This time, nothing. The League has been lost for many months and the Champions League was the only one to decide the season note.
This Tuesday's match is much more than a great football game. It will be the duel that will mark a whole season and that judges a project. From tonight comes a team that plays another Champions or a team that has to be rebuilt. In case of victory, happiness and success completed, in the absence of what happens in Kiev. If lost, template to be repaired. It is the key game that makes a good season, very good or bad.
With Barcelona's recent double, an elimination of Real Madrid on Tuesday would turn the Culé course into much better than it is today and would leave the target in the approved scrape. Third in the league, without any real chance of winning it in any part of the tournament, and eliminated in Copa by Leganés in the quarterfinals, the Champions League was the last bullet, but decisive. For good and for bad. It is the one that judged the year.
But, even if only for the result of the first leg, Real Madrid has reasons for optimism . You have to think more about the pass than the elimination. For trajectory, history, name and result . He won in Paris, Turin and Munich, he has made an impeccable Champions and has all the conditions to repeat feat and reach for the third consecutive year to the Champions League final, something that nobody gets from Juventus (1996-98).
With the 1-2 of the first leg achieved in Munich a week ago, in Madrid no one trusts . “You have to be prepared like never before and make a great game” said Zidane, who since Saturday, after the match against Leganes, has been sending the message that his team, as the fans, should be ready for the appointment of this Tuesday. “From the bad you learn” added Ramos in reference to the tie against Juventus. “We must approach the game as if it were a goalless draw” explained the captain.
Do not forget that last year, although in quarters and not semifinals, Bayern also reached the second leg at the Bernabéu with 1-2 in the first leg and ended up equaling the tie taking it to the extension, where Real Madrid finally scored three goals. The German colossus can not be considered dead until the final whistle and more to this one, which has recovered its traditional DNA, that of competing every minute until exhaustion. In the first leg he probably won more in a match in which he took what was always Bayern.
Without Isco discarded already for the game, the only doubt, as far as discomfort is concerned, is Nacho injured a month ago in Las Palmas and without playing a single minute since then. The loss of Carvajal leaves the right side lame so risking with the canterano could be the main option. In case of playing without Nacho, there is the alternative of delaying Lucas Vázquez as it will happen in the last leg of the first leg at the Allianz. That would open one more place in the eleven, whether for Asensio or Benzema.
On the other side is Heynckes in what may be his last game in Europe, such a veteran coach that there lies his danger . He has already seen all the German 'old fox'. One of the best technicians in the recent history of football will once again draw a eleven new. The injuries force him. In addition to the well-known ones of Arturo Vidal, Coman and Neuer, after the ida they were united Boateng and Robben . Recover, yes, to Alaba and his team is still dangerous: Lewandowski, Müller, Ribery, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez … and James Rodriguez, who returns to the Bernabéu with Fernando Morientes face.
The most decisive face-to-face, the last pass for a feat that will be valued even more over the years. Real Madrid, to 90 minutes (or 120, in case of extension) of a new final of Champions . He needs calm and tranquility to avoid falling into the mistakes that made him agonize against Juventus. It is not closed, but it is close.