Millions of football fans will be looking for places to watch Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich live streaming online as the UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off on Wednesday, April 23.
The big clash — known as “El Clasico de Europa” — has some even bigger question marks for “Los Blancos” since their biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has missed the last four matches with knee and hamstring problems, forcing him to sit on the bench for last week’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, which Real took 2-1.
However, one promising piece of news regarding the Real Madrid striker was shared by AS in a report that says Ronaldo — the league’s top scorer — had an extra day of training on Sunday and completed a round of training on Monday. It would be a tremendous development if Cristiano was to return for the Bayern Munich match.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 22, 2014
But manager Carlo Ancelotti has other concerns when it comes to his starting line-up, as the Bleacher Report reveals Gareth Bale — the hero of the Copa del Rey victory — missed Monday’s training because he came down with the flu. Not good timing.
The Guardian Twitter account is also reporting that Ronaldo and his 14 Champions League goals will have a late fitness test prior to the match against Bayern, on Wednesday.
— The Guardian (@guardian) April 22, 2014
Real Madrid’s Ancelotti told reporters:
“Ronaldo’s injury has been treated. He spoke with the medical staff. He trained individually and then with the group.”
“Cristiano has trained well. We will make a decision after another test tomorrow. He will play if he is totally fit.”
For its part, Bayern Munchen is following the developments in Real Madrid closely, according to this post on their Twitter account:
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 22, 2014
Bayern Munich’s mid-fielder Javi Martinez says did not want to face Real because they are “the toughest we could have faced,” but manager Pep Guardiola — who had nine victories against “Los Blancos” and remains undefeated at the Bernabeu — puts it best:
“Together with Dortmund, they are the best counterattacking team in the world. If we don’t control Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – wir sind kaputt (we are broken).”
You can watch the Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich match live online, plus other action, here. The first of two semis starts at 19:45 GMT, Wednesday, April 23 at the Santiago Bernabeu.