Zidane calls on Madrid fans to back team

Zidane calls on Madrid fans to back team

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called on his club's supporters to be at their noisiest against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as the Spanish side aim to reach the Champions League final for a third year in a row.

Real rode their luck in the Allianz Arena and lead 2-1 in the semifinal tie after grabbing a crucial victory in the first leg and Zidane expects another demanding game from the Bundesliga champions in the return fixture.

"We're going to have to produce a huge performance so I ask the fans to make more noise than they've made in the club's history because we're going to need them to get to the final," Zidane told reporters after beating Leganes 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday.

"It's our game of the year and the supporters know it. We want the fans to be behind us from the first minute to the 90th."

Double Champions League holders Madrid were also ahead of Bayern by the same scoreline in last year's quarterfinal but lost the return leg 2-1 at the Bernabeu and needed extra-time to finally knock the Germans out.

They also suffered an almighty scare in their last European home game in the quarterfinals falling 3-0 behind to Juventus before a last-gasp, disputed penalty scored by Cristiano Ronaldo sent them through 4-3 on aggregate.

"I don't know if what happened against Juve and Bayern will help us, all I know is we have to produce a massive performance," Zidane added.

"But we're prepared and we're determined. We'll have to play like we never have before this year: we need concentration, determination, commitment, to win battles.

"We need to do everything you can think of in football and give everything to reach our objective which is to reach the final."

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