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Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

18 April 2017

"We still have a game to play and we need to play very, very well".

"Gareth worked very hard to get back into the team after his injury", said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday. Defending champion Madrid defeated Bayern 2-1 last week in Munich.

"We are not going to change the way we play, but Lewandowski is a player that scores a lot of goals and having him back gives us a lot of confidence".

The 24-year-old has still to sign a new contract with Madrid and has only played 77 minutes in this season's Champions League and given that he wants more game time as a condition for signing that could be a factor on Tuesday. We hope it is nothing serious, and he is back with us shortly.

He was also asked about Sergio Ramos, Tony Kroos and Luka Modric, who would miss a semi-final first leg if they are booked against Bayern, but said Madrid would not be "thinking about who might get booked", when the most important thing was to qualify for the last four.

"I think they both have a good chance to play." added a hopeful Ancelotti. "It will be very hard in Madrid but we still have confidence".

Bayern scored the first goal through Vidal, only for a missed penalty in the first half from the goalscorer to allow a Ronaldo brace win it for the away team.

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"We will go out to win the game and we'll not gamble".

Forward Robert Lewandowski, who is recovering from a right shoulder injury that ruled him out of the first leg, should be available for Bayern.

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the Poland striker, who has 15 goals in his last 11 club games, would play, telling a press conference: "Lewandowski is okay".

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored both first-leg goals for Madrid in Munich, is set to start on Tuesday along with Karim Benzema.

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. We have a good result but we will continue in the same way and take nothing for granted. In fact, Bayern last beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in May 2001 thanks to a goal by Giovane Elber (1-0).

Madrid, seeking its first league title since 2012, has a three-point lead and a game in hand. Their two defeats during that time came against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4).

Javi Martinez is suspended following his red card in the first leg and Mats Hummels (ankle) and Jerome Boateng (thigh) face late fitness tests.

Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back