The UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on Tuesday night will be the first time that Real Madrid have lost to Bayern Munich in seven years, a feat which would have made it the first European Cup final in which Madrid had not won the trophy.
The first leg at the Bernabeu will be played in December, when Real Madrid will have a 10-point advantage over Bayern Munich, and Madrid will be a guaranteed first-leg winner.
The Catalan giants have won just three of their last 14 European Cups, while the last four were played at home.
The biggest reason for Madrid’s lack of dominance is that the champions of the Champions League have been unable to qualify for the final since 2007.
Madrid have not made the finals since 2005, when they were runners-up in the competition.
The only time they were guaranteed to win the competition was in 2006, when Bayern beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the final in Berlin.
That match was also the last time Real Madrid would win a European Cup.
The most important game for Madrid is the one against Bayern, which will be decided by a shootout after a scoreless first leg.
The Bundesliga champions will be looking to continue their excellent run of form, winning four of their seven games against Bayern this season.
Bayern are a team who have not only reached the Champions league final twice in their history, but also the German Cup, which they won in 2005.
But their recent form has come under scrutiny as they are just two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.
After a 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, Pep Guardiola’s men have started the season by drawing at Bayer Leverkreuz and then losing at home to Cologne.
That meant they did not even qualify for Europe’s top competition, despite beating Real Madrid in the previous round.
The fact that Bayern have not won a Bundesliga game at the Santiago Bernabeus since October means that the pressure is on them to perform better than in the first leg on Tuesday.
Bayen boss Marco Reus will hope to make a similar turnaround in the second leg, when the hosts are in their strongest form since winning the title in 2010.
They will hope that they can break the deadlock and send Bayern into the second round.
However, Bayern will be without their star man Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is out with a knee injury.
The German has not played since October and will be missed by the German public.
Another important player for the German side is Mario Gotze, who will be replaced by Philipp Lahm, who has been a revelation in the German league this season, scoring eight goals in nine games.
Lahm is expected to make his return to the side against Bayern on Wednesday.
The two sides will meet in a thriller that will determine the Bundesliga title race, with the winner of the tie going through to the knockout stages.
Real Madrid have won their last three games against Real Madrid, winning 3-1 on aggregate at the Camp Nou on June 12, and 3-0 on aggregate against Bayern Munich last Sunday.
Real also won their opening group match at the Emirates Stadium in 2018, with Gareth Bale scoring twice in the 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich.
The game between the two teams was postponed due to snow and ice, but it was the first meeting between the teams in 20 years.