Jose Mourinho’s team weren’t unduly troubled by either team although their first real test of the competition will definitely come on Tuesday night when they visit the Allianz Arena to take on a Bayern Munich side desperate to make the final.
Jupp Heynckes was brought in to deliver Bundesliga and Champions League glory to Bayern this season, although Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant unbeaten run has left the Munich side for dust and all attention is now on the two games against Madrid.
Bayern are a best price 17/10 (Stan James free bets) to claim victory on Tuesday night and you can’t help but feel that the Bavarian side need some kind of win if they are to ultimately qualify at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Not that a goalless draw against Mainz on Saturday was an ideal warm-up match for this contest, although Heynckes did decide to rest several key players ahead of this match, with Mario Gomez among those players left on the bench.
Gomez’s goal tally is highly impressive, with a recent double against Augsburg taking the German to 38 goals and he will spearhead the Bayern attack against the Spanish league leaders, with odds of 11/2 (Bet Victor £100 free bet) available that he scores the first goal of the match.
Not that the 26-year-old heads the First Goalscorer market when Cristiano Ronaldo is involved in the match and the former Manchester United forward is going to take some stopping in his free role and Real look to set up an amazing Champions League final against Barcelona.
Ronaldo is a best price 9/2 (Coral bookmaker) to score the first goal of this match and has clocked up an amazing 55 goals this season which leads one to suggest that 13/10 (Coral) about him scoring in this match looks tremendous value, even if the game takes place at the Allianz Arena.
Real will be happy with a draw (7/4 Blue Square) in this game, especially if it involves an away goal or two, while they can’t be ruled out from claiming a priceless away win which would make them overwhelming favourites to reach the final.
The 2012 Champions League final will be played back at the Allianz Arena and the Spanish side are 1/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to make it past Bayern, while the German side are 13/8.