Madrid bench Benzema and Bale as James starts for Bayern

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They are two of the biggest clubs in the world, both with enough trophies to fill a warehouse. "We know we might suffer a lot", Zidane stated at his pre-match press conference in Munich. "Bayern is a great club with great team spirit". Wednesday's semifinal will be the seventh time the two clubs have played each other in the semifinal, with Bayern holding a 4-2 edge.

It means of this season's 10 Champions League matches, Bale has started three, sat out four through injury, been on the bench for three and been taken off at half-time once. With Arturo Vidal lost for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery, Muller will likely start behind Lewandowski as the German side look to build a first leg lead.

Under Heynckes, Bayern won the 2013 final at Wembley when Arjen Robben's victor sealed a 2-1 win over Dortmund on their way to the treble. If Real can get two more in the second leg, Bayern will be forced to score three times. As for Bayern, it's a poor showing and even worse result.

Karim Benzema scored the victor in the 1-0 victory in Madrid.

They also handed Bayern a record 4-0 home defeat in the 2014 semi-finals.

Colombia playmaker James joined Bayern on loan from Madrid in August and lines up in central midfield alongside Spain worldwide Javi Martinez for Jupp Heynckes' side.

An early goal by Franck Ribery and a late victor by Mario Gomez put Bayern ahead in the series, but Madrid rebounded with two goals by Ronaldo in the first 15 minutes of the second leg before Arjen Robben pulled one back for Bayern before halftime.

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In total, he has scored nine goals in six games against the German side.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is in the opposite role to Bale as he has been regularly touted to become Real's next Galactico.

Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League today.

Zinedine Zidane, the current Madrid coach, scored the decisive second-leg goal that allowed the Spanish team to advance.

"This is our last chance to win a title". It was the first time Madrid had won the European Cup since 1966.

However, Minziro said that the game will be very interesting to watch for the neutral fans because every team will try to implement the best tactics in both legs.

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