Real need Champions League triumph to salvage poor season

Cristiano celebra el gol ante la Juve que dio el pase a semifinales de Champions

NAIJ.com previously reported that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly threatened to join Manchester United this summer if Los Blancos fail to increase his pay.

Bayern will be without Manuel Neuer, Arturo Vidal and Corentin Tolisso, while left-back David Alaba also faces a race against time after missing the Hannover match with back problems, kicker reported.

Against Bayern, Ronaldo also has incredible goal return, with nine strikes in six appearances against the German superpower, with Boateng charged with stopping the Portugal worldwide when the sides meet in their Champions League semi-final, first leg clash at Allianz Arena on Wednesday, a game which is live on the eir sport pack on BT Sport 2.

Madrid have won their last five matches against Bayern, scoring 13 goals and conceding four in the process, and are bidding to win the Champions League for the third straight season. When we take on Real Madrid now it will be completely different to past year.

He hit two second-half goals as Real came from behind to win 2-1 in Munich, then bagged a hat-trick in a 4-2 extra-time win in Madrid.

It is easy to understand any nervousness in Bayern's ranks facing superstar Ronaldo.

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Despite that agonising defeat, Poland global Lewandowski, who has registered 45 Champions League goals in his career, says Bayern are not motivated by revenge.

"This team is familiar with these matches in the Champions League semi-finals, and we've had previous encounters with Bayern Munich in this category", he added.

Moving to Bayern on loan this season has revitalised James though, and all the indications are Bayern plan to take up their option to sign him permanently for 42 million euros ($51.3 million).

Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to their 2013 treble, wants a place in the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev before stepping down as head coach. "What happened past year is history".

"We are in good shape, it will definitely be a great fight", said Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

The German side, who have already secured a sixth successive league title, travel to the Spanish capital for the second leg next Tuesday.

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