Bayern's James has nothing to prove to Real Madrid - Zidane

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard speak out after Gareth Bale's Real Madrid snub

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard speak out after Gareth Bale's Real Madrid snub

"We want to control the match so they can't impose their game".

Sources have told AFP that while Bale's first choice is still to stay at Real, where his family are settled and he relishes representing the world's most glamorous team, his relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane has become strained.

"Currently I play at Real Madrid and I enjoy that".

Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half victor on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich's unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's response was "never say never" when asked about the possibility of joining Bayern Munich. He acknowledged that he is naturally ambitious and would like to score more and feature in more games.

"There are players in good form and playing well", Zidane said earlier this month.

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"You can never rule out anything in football", he said in an interview with Bild. "We know we might suffer a lot", Zidane stated at his pre-match press conference in Munich.

Zidane said Real are relishing the challenge against Bayern as they return to the Allianz Arena, scene of a 2-1 win in the first leg of the quarter-finals last season.

The Portuguese also netted five times across the two legs in last year's 6-3 aggregate win over Bayern, including a hat-trick in the thrilling second leg which Real won in extra time.

The Germans finished both legs with 10 men. They have competed in the knockout stages of the Champions League 11 times, including three times in the last six seasons. Their shape is better than previous year, they are in top form and playing more like a team under Heynckes, but we are here to change that.

The teams faced each other in three straight Champions Leagues between 2000-02, with the victor going on to win the title each time.

"We are highly motivated to defend our title".

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