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B Munich v Real Madrid preview

Gareth Bale is set to return for Real Madrid when they face holders Bayern Munich in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final, second leg.

Bale is hoping to make the starting line-up having sat out last Saturday's 4-0 La Liga win at home to Osasuna with flu.

"I feel good. I've had a few days' training. I'm hoping to play tomorrow and looking forward to it," said the Real star, who only came off the bench late in the first leg.

"We haven't spoken too much about the game, but we know it's a massive one with a lot at stake.

"We are ready to give it 100 per cent our best shot.

"I don't feel like we've qualified for the final yet and we have a very hard game to come against Bayern.

"We like to attack, but tomorrow we need to know how to defend too."

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is set to field his full-strength attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema set to line up alongside Bale.

Madrid hold a slender 1-0 lead after beating Bayern at the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday and the Spanish giants have never beaten the Bavarian club in Munich in nine previous attempts.

Having bowed out of the Champions League's semi-finals for the last three years running, Real are desperate to claim their tenth European title - having last lifted the trophy in 2002.

Bayern, who will welcome back Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben, would need to score three goals to progress to their third straight Champions League final if Madrid score first on Tuesday and Ancelotti has called for a strong start.

"We started too timidly in the first leg, if we do the same tomorrow, it will be very dangerous," warned Ancelotti.

"We need to start stronger and must make a big effort.

"We will need maximum effort from everyone in order to reach the final.

"The system we will play is not important, but the work aspect will be.

"We will see two teams with different philosophies because of the players available to them."

Given Real's poor record in Germany with just two wins in 27 European matches against Bundesliga opposition, Ancelotti said nothing is decided despite his side's slender lead.

"We know it's going to be very difficult. We are playing against a great team with a small advantage, so we are not that stupid as to think we have already qualified," added the Italian.

"It is true that we have athletes of the highest calibre, we are physically very strong.

"I actually think the mental side of things will be more important."