Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: A remarkable rivalry in stats

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are two key men ahead of the much-anticipated semifinal.
Updated 25 April 2018
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Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: A remarkable rivalry in stats

  • The two European greats have won the Champions League 17 times.
  • Real Madrid start as the slight favorites ahead of Wednesday's semifinal first leg.

LONDON: Bayern Munich’s Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid is a clash of European football royalty. Ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at the Allianz Arena, here are five facts about the remarkable rivalry...

1. This is the 25th time the clubs have met in European competition and both have 11 wins with two draws.
Real have scored 37 goals to Bayern’s 36.
This is the seventh time the clubs have met in the semifinals, the Germans lead 4-2 in the series.

2. Real have however had the upper hand in recent years, winning all of the last five meetings, scoring 13 goals and conceding four.
That includes Bayern’s record home defeat in Europe — a 4-0 thrashing in the 2014 semifinals, when Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice.
This is Madrid’s record eighth successive Champions League semifinal, while Bayern are in the last four for the seventh time in nine seasons.

3. Ronaldo has an incredible record against Bayern, netting five times over the two legs in last season’s 6-3 aggregate win in the quarterfinals.
In total, he has scored nine goals in six games against the German side.
This season, Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six group games on his way to a tally of 15 goals.
He can break his own record for the most goals in a Champions League season — 17 in 2013/14.

4. Bayern’s current manager Jupp Heynckes has a foot in each camp. The 72-year-old has reached the Champions League final in each of his three previous campaigns as coach of either Bayern or Real.
Under Heynckes, Bayern won the 2013 final at Wembley when Arjen Robben’s winner sealed a 2-1 win over Dortmund on their way to the treble.
The Bavarians also reached the 2012 final, losing in Munich to Chelsea on penalties having beaten Real, also on spot-kicks, in the semis.
Heynckes also steered Real to the 1997-1998 title, during his single season in Madrid, beating Juventus 1-0 in the Amsterdam final to end a 32-year drought for the Spanish giants. It was the first time Madrid had won the European Cup since 1966.

5. Zinedine Zidane has a phenomenal Champions League record. Real winning 21 of his 30 games in Europe over three seasons with five draws and four defeats.
Real lifted the trophy in each of his three previous seasons as either head coach or assistant.
He was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant in 2013/14 when they won the European title for the tenth time.
He succeeded Rafael Benitez as head coach in January 2016, then Real beat Juventus in the Turin final.
They also won last season’s final in Cardiff when Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus.


Lewis Hamilton tells rivals ‘catch me if you can’

Updated 20 February 2019
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Lewis Hamilton tells rivals ‘catch me if you can’

  • Five-time world champion feeling confident of a sixth crown ahead of new season.
  • Pre-season testing going well in Barcelona.

BARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton has warned his rivals they had better get ready to catch his dust as he is feeling “better than ever” ahead of the season.
The 34-year-old Briton enjoyed a near flawless run to secure his fifth drivers’ title last year. He won 11 of the 21 races to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with two races to spare, and he expects the Italian marque to once again keep him on his toes.
“Ferrari are very strong,” Hamilton said in Barcelona on the third day of pre-season testing.
“It appears they have a better package than last year, which means it will be a bigger challenge for us.
“In the last few years, Ferrari has looked good from the very beginning so that’s to be expected.”
But he said it would be a mistake to draw any hard and fast conclusions from the evidence thrown up by testing.
“We’ll have a better idea I guess this time next week where we stand but still then we won’t know what fuel loads everybody is on and who is showing their cars and who isn’t.”
Hamilton, with a new two-year deal that will earn him £40 million ($52 million) a season, is buzzing after the winter recess.
“I feel in the best shape that I’ve been in,” he assured his fans, as he embarks on his quest for a sixth championship and record sixth consecutive constructors’ crown for Mercedes.
On a sixth title he shrugged: “I am not even focusing on that. It’s a new season, a new year, a new chapter and we have to approach like it’s our first.
“We’re going for number one, that’s how I approach it.
“But it’s not something that I allow my peers to talk about. It’s not what we are here for to focus on that number.”
He dismissed out of hand any notion of complacency setting in at his all-conquering team.
“We are always driven to do something new and to break boundaries and do stuff that no one else has done before but we are fully aware of the work that it will take to deliver something like that and it’s by no means like ‘yeah we are going for the sixth’ like it’s a relaxed thing.
“It’s not like that.”
Hamilton’s bid for title number six begins at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.