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Real Madrid Should Not Feel Confident Before the Game In Munich

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A 1-0 result is a comfortable one, especially in a Champions League Semifinal. But careful, 90 minutes in Munich could be "molto longo".

Denis Doyle

Remember when Juanito said that "90 minutes at the Bernabéu are molto longo" to the Inter players in San Siro? Well, that saying could be applied to the return leg in Munich. They only need to score one goal to send the game to extra time after all. Real Madrid need to be even more focused in order to prevent Bayern from having clear chances, and they cannot let Bayern to have those many corner-kicks. Let's face it, Real were kind of lucky for the first 20 minutes.

Furthermore, Guardiola will likely introduce Thomas Müller, who was far more dangerous than Mandzukic during the first 90 minutes. All things said, Real Madrid will need to convert their chances. Score one goal and the task will be much easier. Cristiano Ronaldo is fit. Bale is fit. Benzema is fit. And all that trio needs is one goal. Of course Bayern could score three anytime, but they will have to risk a lot more and that would only give the BBC more space.

One goal. that's the ticket to Lisbon and to fight for the Champions League in Da Luz. Accuracy. Ancelotti cannot afford to miss chances like Cristiano and Di María's on the first leg.

And of course, defensive precision. Will they have chances? Sure. How many? That depends on Real's defensive play. Ramos, Pepe, Alonso and company need to play the best game of their careers. And of course, a good-old miracle by Casillas would be useful.

This is the first time of the last three seasons Real have gone to the second leg with an advantage. We're in a good position. But we still need to take care of business and 90 minutes at the Allianz could be "molto longo".