Real Madrid squad pictured on arrival as they prepare for a cracker against Munich on Wednesday
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric all pose for pictures on the flight
Champions League holders Real Madrid face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena
Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo managed to pull a smile out for the cameras as the Champions League holders headed to Germany for their quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Bidding to become the first team to retain the European crown in its new format, Real Madrid face the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first of two heavyweight showdowns.
Despite the challenge ahead, Ronaldo looked in relaxed mood, giving the cameraman the thumbs up in a picture posted on his official Instagram. Bale, alongside James Rodriguez and Luka Modric, appeared on Real Madrid’s Twitter.
There was also a contribution from Spain international Lucas Vazquez, who cracked a wide smile along with Matteo Kovacic, Isco, Alvaro Morata and defender Nacho, posting it to his 450,000 followers on Twitter.
It may well prove to be the most relaxing part of their latest European adventure, with Bayern Munich attempting to put an end to their pursuit of a third Champions League crown in the past four seasons.
Bayern have not lifted the famous trophy since 2013 but have made the semi-finals in each of the last three campaigns. After beating their biggest domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund 4-1 at the weekend, they go into the game in great form.
In comparison, Real Madrid could only manage a draw against their city rivals Atletico Madrid in an intense tie that would have certainly left the legs feeling a little heavy.
Pepe gave Madrid the lead before a late goal from Antoine Griezmann kept the La Liga title race open wide, if only for Barcelona to lose against Malaga.
However, currently sitting three points ahead of the reigning La Liga champions and with a game in hand, a famous double for Zinedine Zidane’s men remains a distinct possibility.