Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu
Apr 18 2017
"He is the killer in front of goal we have been missing", Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said on the club website.
Lewandowksi, whose absence was felt when Bayern slumped to defeat by Real, is back in training after suffering a shoulder injury against Borussia Dortmund last week.
Madrid coach Zidane is also a fan and said: "Lewandowski is a real number nine and a bonus for Bayern". Defending champion Madrid defeated Bayern 2-1 last week in Munich.
Isco stood out with two goals including a last-gasp victor in Saturday's game, but he has been used sparingly in Europe this season, getting just 77 minutes in total across Madrid's nine Champions League games to date. We're not at our best yet.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants Toni Kroos to play in all the big games left for Real Madrid this season. I hope it'll be in time for El Clasico, but I can't guarantee that.
Asked for an update on Bale's fitness at the pregame news conference before the second leg against Bayern, Zidane said that he could not be sure how much longer the 27-year-old would be missing.
Madrid go into the second leg of their quarter-final at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night boasting a 2-1 lead from the away leg, leaving the Germans with a mountain to climb in the Spanish capital.
"I hope he will be with us, but we have to wait and see", Zidane added. "We know the difficulty we face".
"Lewandowski is a quality player but it's not all about him", said Casemiro.
However, Lewandowski trained on Sunday and is poised to return as Bayern look for goals today against a Real side who have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 games.
Zidane said that even with the advantage his team now held, they would not be taking anything for granted, and the inclusion of Bayern's fit again centre-forward Robert Lewandowski would not change his thinking.
Ahead of Tuesday's second leg at the Bernabeu, Bale told Spanish outlet Mega: "I think we've been solid".
Carlo Ancelotti: "Small details decided the first leg and we have to focus on those". We've got an excellent outcome but we are going to continue in exactly the same manner and take nothing for granted.
Spain attacking midfielder Isco, who scored twice, including a last minute victor, in Madrid's 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon on Saturday, is likely to replace Bale - but Zidane was keep his cards close to his chest.
Bayern teammates Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng also have been nursing injuries, while Javi Martinez is suspended.
Arjen Robben believes it possible for Bayern to salvage something in the match against Madrid, despite losing the first leg 2-1 at home.