Gareth Bale has spoken of Real Madrid's attacking flair ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich in Germany, saying they will not play defensively in order to reach the final.
Madrid have a 1-0 lead to protect on foreign soil, but there appears no plan to shut the game down in Mourinho-like fashion.
Webster quotes Bale as saying:
We will look to play good football, as we always do. We are not the type of team that comes out with the idea of playing extremely defensively. We are confident. We have had a great season so far and we don’t doubt our chances of reaching the Champions League final.
Madrid have failed to win in Munich in their nine visits to Bavaria, and they have only won twice on German soil in 27 attempts, per Webster.
Despite this poor record, Munich coach Pep Guardiola has mocked his team's illustrious rivals by saying, per Juan Garcia-Ochoa's article for Marca:
"I've also read and heard in Madrid that they're in the final and that they've already won it."
Guardiola also spoke about Real's forwards, including Bale, and how he plans to defend them:
Not even the fastest defenders in the world can stop them [Real's forwards]. But I believe that the further away from the box you can keep good teams, the better. That's why we play the way we do.
I know that they'll be trying to score goals because of their coach's mentality. I don't think they'll spend 90 minutes defending. I think we'll have to score more than once to make it to Lisbon.
Bale has had a fruitful first season in Spain, performing well in La Liga and the Champions league. The 24-year-old has scored 19 times and provided 15 assists in his 35 appearances in the domestic league and Europe, per WhoScored.com.
Munich have lost form since their procession to the Bundesliga title, and they have only won two of their last five league games, per Squawka.
They have recently drawn against Hoffenheim and lost to both Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund, the latter being a 3-0 defeat at home.
Bayern, for their part, looked so decidedly second best against Jurgen Klopp's high-pressing, devastatingly quick Kontermaschine [Counter Machine] that they left the stadium utterly frustrated. It was their first home defeat since October 2012.
This does not bode well for the European champions as they face one of the best counterattacking sides in the world.
Munich will try to contain Madrid when they face off against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., but they know they have to come out themselves and score.
This will lead to a fascinating chess match, as Guardiola somehow has to retain good attacking possession without allowing Carlo Ancelotti's team the space in behind the midfield.
Despite Bale's good start to his Madrid career, it could be this Champions League match that sees him fully enter the hearts of the club's fans.
One great performance could see the Spanish giants topple a team that looked unbeatable just a few weeks ago, and it appears they won't be taking a leaf out of Mourinho's book to pull it off.
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