It’s a Great Day for Revenge
their seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga by winning 2-0 at Hertha Berlin with second-half goals from Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa. A victory at home to Borussia Monchengladbach next week will see Bayern clinch a third successive title under Guardiola.
Bayern have also reached the German Cup final yet many believe the former Barcelona coach will have under-achieved at the club should he fail to win the Champions League.
Midfielder Xabi Alonso rejected that suggestion, however, highlighting the Catalan’s positive influence. “I’ve no doubt his time here will leave an important base, independently of whether we have a fantastic end to the season or not. Our memories of him will be brilliant, and he won’t be a failure if we don’t win the Champions League,” said Alonso.
Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski is hoping Europe will provide the perfect fare- well for their manager. “It would be amazing if we could bid farewell to Guardiola by winning the Champions League, it would be the icing on the cake after all the time we’ve had together at Bayern. I hope it happens,” he told the Uefa website ahead of the first leg.
As for Atleti, they’re taking the role of underdog seriously. Defender Filipe Luis sees similarities between his side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and Leicester City’s stunning march towards the Premier League title. “Look at what is happening this year with Leicester, they are a modest team and are almost champions in the Premier League,” he said on Monday. “Epic things happen in football. Although there’s a difference in our budgets we are the team that plays most as a team.”
Ac c o r d i n g to t h e D e l oi t t e Money League, which ranked the world's richest football teams according to revenues for the 2 014 -15 season, Atletico earned €187 million ($ 210.68m). Bayern, earned €477 million, while the other two teams i n t he l a s t fou r — Re a l Madrid a nd Manchester City — earned €557 million and €463.5 million each.
Atletico are the third Spanish team Bayern have met in as many years in the semi-finals, having been knocked out by Real Madrid in 2014 and Barcelona last year. Atletico are without influential centre-back Diego Godin due to a hamstring injury, while Bayern will be missing forward Arjen Robben and defender Jerome Boateng.
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring a goal for Atletico Madrid against Barcelona with Koke; (inset) Bayern Munich will be hoping to give Pep Guardiola a proper send-off