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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid: Ancelotti in late decision on striker for Real clash

 

By Robert Jones

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted star striker Robert Lewandowski remains a major doubt for his side's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Real Madrid.

Lewandowski suffered a shoulder injury during last weekend's Bundesliga win over Borussia Dortmund and lasted only 20 minutes of a training session this week as he fights to be fit.

Ancelotti told a press conference: "He has been training, just 20 minutes because he has problems with his shoulder, but we had a good feeling beforehand.

"We will finally decide whether he can play on Wednesday - if he is in pain, he won't play.

"I don't know if he will feel better (today) but that will not change our idea or our strategy, nor our self-confidence. We know how important Lewandowski is, but we can be strong without him."

Ancelotti expects to be able to welcome back goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after his recent injury but defender Mats Hummels is definitely out after damaging ankle ligaments on Sunday.

The Italian is relishing the chance to face his former club for the first time since he left the Bernabeu in 2015, and linking up once again with his former assistant Zinedine Zidane.

Ancelotti added: "I like him very much and I am very happy with how he is working and of course had a fantastic quality as a player.

"In my time at Real, when I got to know him I changed some of my ideas about football."

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