Lothar Matthäus has a wish, but it’s easier said than done.
“I hope Bayern Munich win the Champions League title and Germany win the World Cup,” said Matthäus, a former Bayern and Germany star. “I hope they come true.”
Both teams face stiff competition in order to grant Matthäus his wish. Bayern Munich plays Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinals — the first leg is Wednesday, April 25, at the Allianz Arena. The second leg is May 1 at the Bernabéu.
The winner of this clash of European heavyweights meets the winner of AS Roma-Liverpool in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final on May 26 in Kiev.
Matthäus, who played for Bayern Munich from 1984-88 and 1992-2000, said the match-up, which many people would dream for in the final, is pretty much a toss up.
“I don’t see a favorite in this,” he said at an International Champions Cup press conference in Miami. “Bayern Munich had a great performance and Real Madrid has played very well the last two rounds.”
Bayern Munich, winners of six consecutive Bundesliga titles, finished second in Group B behind Paris Saint-German based on goal differential. No matter as the Bavarian club crushed Beşiktaş 5-0 and 3-1 to advance 8-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16. The quarterfinals proved tougher with the team slipping past Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate with all of the goals scored in the first leg.
Real Madrid, winners of the past two UEFA Champions League titles and three of the last four, also finished runners up in their group; trailing Tottenham in Group H. The Spanish giants dispatched PSG 5-2 on aggregate in the Round of 16 and toppled Juventus in controversial fashion 4-3 in the tournament quarterfinals after surrendering a three-goal advantage in the first leg.
“In the end, I hope Bayern Munich will win,” Matthäus said.