Zinedine Zidane reveals why Real Madrid let James Rodriguez join Bayern Munich

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"You have to look back to last October", said Heynckes.

However, all of that will be forgotten if Real Madrid are able to lift the Champions League trophy for a third consecutive year - something no team has ever been able to do in this iteration of the tournament. "It's a hard draw for both sides". That was on display in their last outing in the Champions League, when Juventus beat them 3-1 and lost the tie only because of the first 90 minutes at their own stadium and a fortuitous, if not also deserved, late penalty call.

And winning the trophy for the third time would be his ideal parting gift to Bayern, before Niko Kovac takes over as coach for next season.

Under Heynckes, Bayern won the 2013 final at Wembley when Arjen Robben's victor sealed a 2-1 win over Dortmund on their way to the treble.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have had to fend off top competition to get to this stage.

Regardless of the result against Real, Heynckes has showed his class in turning Bayern's fortunes around since he returned for a fourth stint at the club in October. Zidane was agitated earlier in the season before wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus changed the complexion of the campaign. Bayern have a fantastic squad and in the past they have always been one of the most successful clubs in Europe.

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Going for a midfield triangle (Martinez, James and Thiago) would leave Robben on the bench.

Given he's no longer a guaranteed starter and earning so much, you suspect Madrid wouldn't be averse to selling their No. 11 for the right price at the end of the season. "We'll be ready. They can also be vulnerable and we can go into the game with our heads high".

He looked like a man too busy enjoying himself to be even considering a future beyond Real Madrid. "We work together as hard as we can and without selfishness".

Robert Lewandowksi sits in fifth position with 39 goals for Bayern Munich, one above Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, who has found the back of the net 37 times so far. He is more relaxed within the team. The 72-year-old could bow out with the treble.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all ten of Madrid's European games this season. And despite Real Madrid's poor form domestically, they have remained a force in Europe. That makes it hard to defend against Ronaldo. They don't dominate games like the unbelievable football of Guardiola, but they are just as good if not better at making the most out of the key moments.

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