Champions League: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale hopes to face Bayern Munich
Gareth Bale is hoping to be included in Real Madrid's starting line-up to face Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.
Last Updated: 28/04/14 9:36pm
The Wales international sat out Saturday's 4-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga with flu and he also only appeared for the final 17 minutes of last week's first leg against Bayern.
However, with a place in the Champions League final up for grabs, Bale is determined to be involved against Pep Guardiola's side.
"I feel good. I've had a few days' training. I'm hoping to play tomorrow and looking forward to it," said Bale.
"We haven't spoken too much about the game, but we know it's a massive one with a lot at stake.
"We are ready to give it 100 per cent our best shot.
"I don't feel like we've qualified for the final yet and we have a very hard game to come against Bayern.
"We like to attack, but tomorrow we need to know how to defend too."
Real hold a slender 1-0 lead after last week's first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Spanish giants have never beaten Bayern in Munich in nine previous attempts.
Having bowed out of the Champions League's semi-finals for the last three years running, Real are desperate to claim their tenth European title, having last lifted the trophy in 2002.
Bayern would need to score three goals to progress to their third straight Champions League final if Real score first on Tuesday and coach Carlo Ancelotti has called for a strong start.
"We started too timidly in the first leg, if we do the same tomorrow, it will be very dangerous," warned Ancelotti.
"We need to start stronger and must make a big effort. We will need maximum effort from everyone in order to reach the final.
"The system we will play is not important, but the work aspect will be. We will see two teams with different philosophies because of the players available to them."
Given Real's poor record in Germany, with just two wins in 27 European matches against Bundesliga opposition, Ancelotti said nothing is decided despite his side's slender lead.
"We know it's going to be very difficult. We are playing against a great team with a small advantage, so we are not that stupid as to think we have already qualified," added the Italian.
"It is true that we have athletes of the highest calibre, we are physically very strong.
"I actually think the mental side of things will be more important."