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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-29

Both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have promised to play aggressive, attacking football ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg clash in Germany on Tuesday.

Real, who go into the match with a one goal lead from the first leg, will be boosted by the possible return of Gareth Bale, who has declared himself fit after having sat out last Saturday's 4-0 Spanish league win at home to Osasuna on Saturday with flu.

"I feel good. I've had a few days training. I'm hoping to play tomorrow and looking forward to it," said the Real star.

Defending Madrid’s slender advantage would be key to the match, said Bale, but there would be no parking of the bus in Munich, the Welsh winger promised.

"We will look to play good football as we always do,” he said.

"We are not the type of team that comes out with the idea of playing extremely defensively."

Having bowed out of the Champions League's semi-finals for the last three years running, Real are desperate to claim their tenth European title - having last lifted the trophy in 2002.

And despite winning the first leg, coach Carlo Ancelotti has said his side must show more aggression if Real are to end that drought and defeat current holders Bayern.

"We started too timidly in the first leg, if we do the same tomorrow, it will be very dangerous," said the Italian.

"We need to start stronger and must make a big effort. We will need maximum effort from everyone in order to reach the final.”

The match is likely to come down to a battle of contrasting styles, with Real looking to use their pace and skill on the counter to combat Bayern’s possession football.

"We will see two teams with different philosophies because of the players available to them." added Ancelotti.

Guardiola looks to Ribery

Bayern failed to get a crucial away goal in Madrid, despite dominating the stats with 72 percent possession and firing in 18 shots on goal compared to Real's nine.

But coach Pep Guardiola has said the side’s tactical approach will not change for the return leg, though he is also urging his team to be more aggressive in the final third.

"I love being in possession of the ball, it was the way I was trained to play the game," said Guardiola.

"We want the ball to create chances and I want us to be just as dominant as we were in Madrid, but more effective and aggressive, we must find the right balance."

Guardiola will look to his French star Frank Ribéry in particular to show play with more “angriness” after a string of below-par performances by the winger since Bayern were confirmed Bundesliga champions at the end of March.

"Franck Ribéry is very important for us," Guardiola said. "He has been at Bayern longer than me and I am happy, of course, if he plays with energy and motivation.”

"He sometimes needs an angriness and I am sure he will play very well tomorrow.He has this fighting spirit. He always wants to fight for the team, that's why the people love him.

"He is one of the most fantastic players in the history of Bayern."

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-04-29


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