Heynckes lives for the here and now against old foe Zidane

Casemiro Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo make their way onto Real Madrid's team plane

Casemiro Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo make their way onto Real Madrid's team plane

TEAM NEWS: Bayern have some major injury doubts with David Alaba and Corentin Tolisso facing late fitness tests.

Ronaldo has scored nine goals in six games against Bayern, including five over two legs when Real won 6-3 on aggregate in last season's quarter-finals. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have hoisted this trophy a combined 17 times, reached the final on 25 occasions and know the victor of this encounter will be considered the favorite in the final, regardless of the opposition.

The German side has already won a seventh consecutive Bundesliga and has not forgotten the performance of referee Viktor Kassaa in last year's quarter-finals in which he sent off Vidal and committed several other errors.

"I've never had any problem with James, despite what the media might say", Zidane added.

Rashford acquired a pair of purple Nike Air Max 97 CR7 trainers earlier this month from the Portuguese and is now in a position to toast FA Cup semi-final success over Tottenham on Saturday together with his personally signed Madrid shirt.

Bayern are better than last season, warns Real's Zidane Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned yesterday Bayern Munich are better than they were last season when the Spaniards beat them en route to the Champions League title.

Bayern's 2-1 first-leg win at Sevilla was his 12th straight victory as coach in the competition, a run that dated back to his previous spell in charge in 2012/13.

The veteran German said: "Both of our teams will provide us with attractive football".

"However, I just feel Bayern have started to click".

"I think James Rodriguez will play - he didn't start at the weekend at Hannover which I think was a clear indication he will start". We're very motivated: winning it three times in a row is something unique.

"What he wants is to win the Champions League and at Bayern he has every chance of doing it".

Only Louis van Gaal, with Barcelona and Bayern, and Carlo Ancelotti, at Real Madrid, had managed double figures.

Zidane is in the hunt for the same distinction after prevailing in the past two finals and his measured approach to management has won Heynckes' respect.

The former defender who now manages new Premier League promoted side KMC has backed Jupp Hynckes to get one over Zinedine Zidane due to his experience.

Though, they have not been impressive in the domestic league this season, another UEFA top tier title will ensure they wrap up their season on a high. As with 2012-13 Heynckes can go out with a treble of league, cup and Champions League as he "retired" then to make way for Pep Guardiola.

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