Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: 3 Key Battles

With Bayern Munich and Real Madrid battling for a place in the Champions League final, here are three key battles that could decide it.

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Jupp Heynckes has spent his entire career dodging credit.  

Bayern Munich’s veteran coach has won two Champions Leagues from three attempts but you wouldn’t know it from his jocular shrugs and quiet seethes on the touchline. Pomp and bombast aren’t his thing with cold preparation and rigid execution being more regular bedfellows.

On Wednesday evening, the 72-year-old has a chance to reassert his mastery. Zinedine Zidane has won the same number of European titles but still feels like he has something to prove on the Real Madrid bench.  

A disappointing season hinges on the retention of his sides’ Champions League crown. Two of the biggest football teams in world in one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, will fall or rise on the outcome of the following key battles.