Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has stated that Franck Ribery is extremely angry following the first leg result against Real Madrid and he expects a big performance from the Frenchman when the two sides meet each table in the second leg at the Allianz arena.
Bayern Munich lost the first leg 1-0 in what was a very disappointing match from the Germans. Real Madrid did not have most of the ball, but they were devastating on the counter-attack. This helped them secure the solitary goal through Karim Benzema that ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Real are now on the verge of reaching the Champions League final, which would be their first in 12 years. The club is one of the top clubs in Europe and they have won the Champions League a record nine times in their history, but the 10th one has been very elusive in recent years. Ribery has been one of the best players for Bayern over the course of the season.
He also came third in the FIFA Ballon d’Or award – only behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. and is hotly tipped by the guys at the tyskland portugal odds website to make the step up next year.
However, he had a disappointing day to endure at the Santiago Bernebeu, but he appeared to come back from the 5-2 win over Werder Bremen during the weekend.
"Franck Ribéry is extremely important for this club, for the team. He was playing angry against Bremen [in Bayern's 5-2 win on Saturday]. Franck needs this aggression, he needs to play angry. He keeps fighting and that is why fans love him. He is one of the best players in Bayern history, he has always performed at the highest level and we need the best Ribéry. I cannot imagine that [the Real coach] Carlo Ancelotti will set up his team in such a way as to just keep the result,” said Guardiola.