Bayern Munich’s treble hopes hinge on Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final return leg with Atletico Madrid and it is a now or never situation for the Bavarians who will attempt to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.
Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez grabbed the only goal of the game in the Spanish capital last week, meaning Bayern simply have to score to have any chance of progressing to a third UCL final in five years.
Bayern have exited the semi-final stage to of the Champions League to Spanish opposition in each of the last two seasons, but Guardiola’s troops will take plenty of encouragement from the fact that they have won all 11 of their Champions League matches at the Allianz Arena since being humbled 4-0 at home to Real Madrid CF in 2013/14.
Should the Bundesliga leaders overcome Atletico, they will equal the competition record for successive home wins set by Manchester United between 13 September 2006 and 29 April 2008.
Pep Guardiola made a raft of changes to the side that lost in Madrid as Bayern went in search of the win needed to wrap up a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday. Thomas Müller’s 20th Bundesliga goal of the season set them on their way, but Borussia Mönchengladbach hit back through Andre Hahn to leave the defending champions needing a point from their final two games to get the job done.
Atletico, meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to Germany with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano to keep the pressure firmly on La Liga leaders Barcelona who defeated Real Betis 2-0.
While Arjen Robben is hopeful he will play again for FC Bayern Munich this season, Franck Ribery is a doubt to face Club Atletico de Madrid in next week’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.
Ribery missed out for Bayern at the weekend after suffering a back injury as a substitute at Atleti’s Vicente Calderon, and Guardiola admitted in his post-match press conference that he does not know if the Frenchman will be fit to face Los Colchoneros.
Jérôme Boateng (out since 22 January, groin) made his return for Bayern against Gladbach on Saturday, playing 68 minutes. He is now in contention to face Atlético on Tuesday:
Diego Simeone received a double boost ahead of Tuesday’s tie at Bayern as centre-back Diego Godín and forward Yannick Carrasco (out since 23 April, ankle) were both passed as fit for the trip to Munich.
Godín aggravated a hamstring injury during Atlético’s 1-0 win at Athletic on 20 April in the Liga, two weeks after recovering from the same problem, and has missed the last three matches as a result.