It’s been about five years since Bayern Munich last prevented a Spanish side from disrupting their continental ambititions. On that occasion, the Bavarian’s triumphed Barcelona 7 – 0 on aggregate in the semi-final stage to go all the way to lift the champions league trophy, but since then they have been dislodged by one Spanish team or another in Europe’s premier competition.
In 2014, a Guardiola led Munich side were defeated 5 – 0 on aggregate by Athletico Madrid who went on to clinch the European trophy that same year. They got to the semi-final stage the following season but a 3 – 2 home victory in the second leg over Luis Enrique’s Barcelona wasn’t enough as they lost 3 nil in the first leg .
Two years ago, Athletico again kicked them out, this time at the quarter-final stage. Saul fired Simeone’s men to a first leg win in Madrid and although Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern a 2 – 0 lead in the second leg, a Griezmann effort was enough to turn proceedings against the Bavarians who were then coached by Pep Guardiola.
In 2017 it was the turn of today’s opponents to stop the Bavarian’s from a semi-finals berth. A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and a goal from Marco Asensio was enough as the game was won in extra-time in a match that saw Arturo Vidal sent off. Madrid went on to win the title.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will be confident of continuing their dominance against Bayern Munich, with Balon D’or holder Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack with youngsters Asensio and Lucas Vasquez complimenting his efforts and team captain being an ever present rock at the back, the German side have their work cut out for them.
Jupp Heynckes will be hoping players like Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will rise up to the occasion and get a chance to lay their hands on a trophy they last won five years ago.