Real Madrid may well have faltered slightly in La Liga this year, but their Champions League record is nothing short of remarkable. Lose Meringues took one step closer to a third Champions League final in a row with a confident display defeating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the German club’s own backyard.
Bayern Munich don’t do losing at home. In fact, they hadn’t lost at the Allianz Arena all season until last night’s match against Madrid. This statistic alone goes to show just how confident Madrid are when it comes to this competition and they must surely be the favourites to make it to the final. If Madrid do manage to get to the final, that will be four seasons out of five in which the Spanish giants have found themselves amongst the cream of Europe’s elite.
Joshua Kimmich’s (£2.33) early strike had given Bayern the lead, but Madrid proved they’ve got the metal when it comes to this competition and although Cristiano Ronaldo (£8.70) has been their star man, it was two other talents who delivered the goods. Madrid ran out 2-1 victors on the night thanks to goals from Marcelo (£1.98) and Marco Asensio (£3.17), both of whom enjoyed small upsurges in investment as a result. Surprisingly, even though Marcelo and Kimmich scored, they were both outdone to the defensive dividend by Caen’s Alexander Djiku (44p) who put in a solid performance as Caen grabbed a clean sheet against Toulouse.
With Bayern’s demise in the Champions League looking likely, it was unsurprising to see that 3 of the biggest fallers came from the German giants. Bayern’s Jerome Boateng (£1.40) dropped by 13p whilst Polish striker Robert Lewandowski fell by 11p and he now sits at £3.27. Lewandowski hit as high as £3.90 earlier this month and he also saw a spike last June with previous links to Chelsea resulting in a massive upsurge from as little as £1.06 past the £3.00 mark. As such, if the summer transfer speculation comes back, he could quickly reach new highs once again. Thiago Alcantara (£2.54) was another Bayern star who felt a bit of a knock following yesterday’s result. The classy midfielder has begun to show his worth from match Day Dividend point of view after returning from a long-term injury and traders will be hoping the Brazilian can remain injury-free next year.
It seems as though the stage is nearly set for the Champions League final and both Liverpool and Madrid will certainly fancy their chances of getting there. With the second leg taking place next week, we won’t have long to wait to find out for sure who will be lining up in Kiev come the 26th May…