Champions League: The Danger For Real Madrid Is The Bernabeu

Madrid won 2-1 in Munich, but the dressing room know that they have to finish the job at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where they’ve struggled all season.

Home isn’t necessarily where the heart is and Bayern’s visit will be final.

What happened in the quarter-finals against Juve is something more than a warning for Madrid’s squad.

So far this season, Los Blancos have won more games, and have lost less, away from the Bernabeu, and that concerns Zinedine Zidane in particular.

Five times already this season, a visitor to the Spanish capital has walked away with the victory.

Added to seven draws, that leaves only 14 victories for the hosts at their, non-existent, fortress.

One step away from the final in Kiev, next Tuesday is the day not to fail.

The last time the Bavarians were in town, they managed to equal the 2-1 from the first leg, but went out in extra-time.

That’s more suffering that Zidane can do without, especially with El Clasico directly after this game.

A favourable result in Germany and the lesson learned from the quarters, means Real don’t need to think about Betis, Barcelona, Villarreal, Leganes or Juventus – the teams who’ve already celebrated a victory in 2017/18 at the Bernabeu.

Madrid haven’t won a game at home for more than a month, against Girona.

Atletico, Juve and Athletic have stopped Los Blancos from taking the plaudits, and now there can be no more excuses.

Next Tuesday will be the most important game of the season.

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