Madrid march on, Bayern stumble and Robben is back: Talking points from around Europe

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Bluecap / 12 April, 2021

Madrid march on, Bayern stumble and Robben is back: Talking points from around Europe.

AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from across the continent:

A great few days for Zidane 
Real Madrid followed their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Liverpool by beating Barcelona 2-1 in a thrilling Clasico, and Zinedine Zidane’s side remain, remarkably, on course for a La Liga and European Cup double.

A brilliant back-heel finish by Karim Benzema — his ninth goal in his last seven league appearances — and a free-kick from in-form Toni Kroos gave Real their fourth straight La Liga win and a result which keeps their momentum building.

They move above Barcelona into second after winning both league Clasicos in a season for the first time since 2007/08, just before Pep Guardiola took over at the Catalans. Real are also now just one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid after they were held 1-1 at Betis.

Atletico still have to go to Barcelona, which could play into the hands of a Real side who will head to Liverpool this week full of confidence.

Bayern up against it 
Bayern’s status as European champions is under serious threat as they head to Paris on Tuesday trailing 3-2 after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. 

The Bavarians are without top scorer Robert Lewandowski and a host of other players due to injury, and the difficult relationship between coach Hansi Flick and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is dominating headlines.

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