Bayern Munich v Real Madrid team news: Gareth Bale starts for Madrid and Thomas Muller comes in for Bayern in only changes

Bale joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema up top while Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both start for the German champions

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The world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, has recovered from his bout of the flu to start for Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Bayern Munich.

The Welshman, who replaces Isco in the team’s only change, came on as a late substitute in last week's first leg and sat out completely of Real’s 4-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.

The Spanish giants lead by one goal following last Wednesday’s match and Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema complete the front three in an attacking line-up from boss Carlo Ancelotti.


Bayern manager Pep Guardiola makes just the one change as well, with Thomas Muller coming in for Rafinha meaning Phillip Lahm will go to full back.

The German champions beat Werder Bremen 5-2 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The line-ups…

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm (C), Dante, Boateng, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribéry, Robben, Müller; Mandzukić

Subs: Raeder, van Buyten, Martínez, Rafinha, Pizarro, Götze, Hojbjerg

Real Madrid: Casillas (C); Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão; Alonso, Modric, Di María; Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema

Subs: Diego López, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Morata, Isco, Illarra