Real Madrid concerned over the pressure of away trip to Munich

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Zinedine Zidane has overseen a miserable campaign in Madrid, and ahead of the Champions League semi final tie with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid are concerned about the pressure placed upon them.

Bayern and Los Blancos share one of the more bitter competitive continental rivalries and often this results in meeting each other in the latter stages of the Champions League.

Following the late decision to award the Spanish giants a penalty in the second leg against Juventus, Real head into the semi final shrouded in controversy.

The decision was later proven to be correct, although the club has been hurt by accusations that they don’t deserve to have progressed.

Jupp Heynckes has spearheaded a revival in Munich since Carlo Ancelotti’s departure, his coaching methods have proven popular and the team has responded on the pitch.

When the veteran coach arrived, the club were looking at Champions League elimination in the group phase, as well as surrendering their domestic title to Schalke.

He’s since steadied the ship and secured the Bundesliga title, with Bayern gradually getting stronger as the season has moved forward.

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The two teams met in the quarter final of the 2016/17 edition, a tie that was full of controversy of its own when Arturo Vidal was shown a red card at a time when the German champions were in control.

Real Madrid expect a difficult challenge when they head to Munich for the first leg and they’re anticipating a hostile atmosphere, although they’ve won at the Allianz Arena on their last two visits.

UEFA plan to reveal the identity of the referee for the first leg on Monday, with it clear that officiating can be decisive in the outcome of European ties.

The media reaction to the Juventus controversy has generated interest in the semi final referee and there will be significant pressure on his shoulders.

Los Blancos hope that an individual with a strong personality to deal with the occasion is selected.

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