If Homer was alive today and looking at the 2017-18 champions league semi-final draw he may ask himself the question; what is the greater epic? Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will face Real Madrid in Europe’s premier football knockout competition. If it’s possible to have a European “classico” or “klassiker” this would be it. It is also The Local’s “derby” with staunch supporters of both teams in regular attendance to watch their teams.
These two teams have met many times before; all in the Champions or European cup and they could not be closer. There have been 24 games in total with 11 victories each and 2 draws. Real have scored 37 goals, and believe or not, against Bayern’s 36. Their first meeting was in the 1975-76 European cup semi-finals with the German team winning 3-1 on aggregate. They went on to lift the trophy at Hampden Park, Glasgow with a victory over St. Etienne. The most recent meeting between these two giants of European football was in the 2016-17 Champions League quarter-finals. The Spanish team came out emphatic winners by 6 goals to 3. They also won the trophy that year with a victory over Juventus 4-1. Coincidently that game was also on British soil with the game taking place at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Real Madrid has won the last five Champions League meetings against Bayern Munich.