This encounter sees a repeat of the 2002 Chamions League final, which was settled in Madrid’s favour by Zinedine Zidane’s majestic volley.
Inevitably Leverkusen start the match as underdogs but coach Klaus Augenthaler, is not lacking in confidence, partly as a result of the club’s recent 4-1 thrashing of Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
“We need to play just as well, if not better than in our 4-1 win against Bayern. If we do we have got every chance of winning,” said Augenthaler, who will field the same team that played in that game.
“I want to give the players that blew it against Mainz a chance to redeem themselves.”
Auguenthaler is without injured duo Jens Nowotny and Clemens Fritz.
Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho without recent signing Jonathan Woodgate through injury but otherwise has a full squad to choose from.
“I refuse to make changes just for the sake of making changes. We will see how fit the players are in training this evening and if anybody is tired, he will be given a rest,” he said.
“I do not think that it should make a difference to the players if we are playing in the Champions League or in the domestic league,” he said.
“Real Madrid should always be out to win games and win them impressively. If my players start thinking that some opponents can be taken lightly, then I will have to change that.”
“I know that we have some huge names in the squad and the players are known all over the world. But Real Madrid is a huge name too and the players should be honoured to play for this club.”