Matthaus: Madrid will play on the break

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus believes that Real Madrid will be happy to play on the counter-attack against his former team.

The ex-midfielder spent 12 years at the Bavarian giants in two separate spells, winning seven Bundesliga titles.

And after Los Blancos beat the German champions 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final, the 53-year-old is confident that Carlo Ancelotti will set out his men in the same manner this evening.

“They will play in the same manner as the first leg," he told AS.

“Ancelotti is a Coach who has studied Bayern and know their tricks. Clearly Madrid would play on the front foot in a home game against Mallorca, with all due respect.

“But they won't do that against Bayern, a team who move very well. They also suffer on the break, which Carlo showed in the first leg.

“Bayern failed to score at Santiago Bernabeu and now have to come from behind. They need at least two goals but they must be careful.

“The 1-0 from the first leg is dangerous, but Bayern can overcome it if they play at the same level they did five weeks ago.”

The World Cup-winner also had words of advice for Pep Guardiola.

“He should try and control breaks. They cannot always control the speed of Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo and the Bayern defence has suffered quite a lot in recent games.

“So it'll be even more critical that they close down space.”

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