Munich - He is something of a Real Madrid CF legend: Manuel Sanchis, with 710 appearances the second-highest appearance holder behind former FC Schalke 04 forward Raul Gonzalez (731).

The 48-year-old former central defender formed a legendary partnership with three-time Champions League winner Fernando Hierro, winning the UEFA Champions League twice among a long list of achievements, which also included back-to-back UEFA Cup wins. Today, Sanchis works for Spain's state television channel TVE, and he will be in Munich reporting live on Tuesday's semi-final second leg. caught up with Sanchis prior to his arrival in Munich to ask him his thoughts on the game everybody is waiting for. Manuel Sanchis, you were at the stadium for the first leg. What did you make of that game personally? Was it, as many people in Spain wrote, a tactical masterpiece from Real Madrid?

Sanchis: Real had plenty of problems with a very lively Bayern side in the first 45 minutes. Bayern may have dominated, but they never really created any chances. What I also noticed was how Real looked like they could score whenever they did get on the ball. It's definitely odd to see a side have so much possession and still lose while one side defends, and still has the best chances and wins. You've got to say Real got a lot right. Were you disappointed with the way Bayern played? Should have played right-back, and should Pep Guardiola have fielded or from the start?

Sanchis: It's always easy to criticise afterwards, but it was the first time Guardiola had lost at Real Madrid, despite taking an excellent tactical approach. There were just two things that didn't work – his team struggled too much with Real's counterattacks, and Franck Ribery had a bad game. That's the main reason why they could not make the breakthrough. It's hard to say whether they would have done better with a different formation. You also witnessed Real's 2-0 defeat to Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park. What can Real learn from that lesson? To what extent do they run the risk of a repeat in Munich?

Sanchis: Nobody's perfect, and let's not forget that the result from the first leg is different this time around. Of course Real could considering lining up to just defend their lead, but that's not in their DNA. Real cannot afford just to pack men behind the ball in Munich. Real have got to attack. [Real coach Carlo] Ancelotti knew in the first leg that he could only play the way he did against Bayern and that's exactly what his players did. Real have fast players on the break and it's only natural he tried to use that to his advantage. What do you expect on Tuesday? Will Real play like they did in the first leg, or perhaps even more defensively?

Sanchis: Let's not forget how long 90 minutes can be, especially when you only have a slender advantage over a world class team like Bayern. Real must not forget that they have got to score in Munich because if they just defend, things can soon get very messy. Real have never won in Munich. Bayern are known as their "Bestia Negra" – is that a burden psychologically for Real?

Sanchis: It's true that Germany's not regarded as very fertile terrain for Spanish sides, but records are made to be broken. If Real manage to reach the final, then the legend of the Bestia Negra will be tamed. Anyhow, we're talking about Real Madrid, whose players are all top professionals who can deal with pressure. I don't think it's something that will concern them particularly. You played for Real fro 18 years and faced Bayern a few times during that period. What memories do you have of games against them?

Sanchis: Don't remind me! (smiles) They were tough matches, although they played a more 'German' style back then, more physical and with seemingly endless stamina. They beat us many a time, but we did beat them too. When you talk of a classic in European football then right at the top you'll find Real Madrid vs. Bayern München. What can you tell us about Pep Guardiola, who was a rival of yours, but also a colleague in the national team?

Sanchis: He was a leading figure on the field right from the beginning – he wanted to be the leader. He came from the famous La Masia Barcelona school, like Guillermo Amor, Xavi or the current Bayern player Thiago. He always left his mark on the game, be it for club or country, and he never settled for the success he already had, but always wanted more, more, more. He's maintained that ambition as a coach. Real are desperate for the Decima - the 10th Champions League title – and the pressure from outside is huge. How much could this desperate search actually be hampering them?

Sanchis: It's 12 years since the last Champions League title and every new player who arrives soon feels the pressure that puts on them. Real want to be the kings of Europe again, but we know that there are other clubs who share that dream, like Bayern. Real have got to win everything every year – that is the expectation, so of course that brings with it a lot of pressure. If they can beat Bayern, then they will have taken another step closer to the Decima. And if Real go out, how big would the disappointment be?

Sanchis: Of course you're disappointed if you stumble down the final straight. Real have had a lot of bad luck in their last three semi-finals, only just missing out on a place in the final. You don't get anything for reaching the semis – only the title counts. The teams know that this is the most important 90 minutes of their season and if you want to win the Champions League, you've got to beat the best.

Intervew by Miguel Gutiérrez