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Zinedine Zidane: 'No favourites for semi-final'

Zidane: 'No favourites for semi-final'
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists that his team are not the favourites for their upcoming Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that his team are not the favourites for their upcoming Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich.

The reigning European champions will face Bayern at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their last-four tie on Wednesday night.

Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski has placed Madrid as the favourites to advance, but Zidane has rejected such suggestions, and said that his team "need a big performance" to make the final.

"I don't think there are any favourites. It's a semi-final - it's completely different to last season. It's a different match," Zidane told reporters. "We are in the semi-finals and we want to play a good game. We are prepared for that, knowing that we are going to have to suffer.

"We will need a big performance against a strong opponent. Bayern are a great club with great team spirit. I have no doubts that mentally we will be at 150%."

Madrid recorded a 6-3 victory over Bayern when the pair met in the quarter-finals of last season's competition.

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