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Mourinho: Bayern were fresher and luckier

26 Apr 2012

Jose Mourinho says Bayern Munich were fresher and therefore had an edge over his Real Madrid side in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu. The Real coach says fatigue after Saturday night’s win...
 

Bayern's stubborn performance stuns Mourinho

26 Apr 2012

Jose Mourinho's hopes of an emotional reunion with former club Chelsea were destroyed as his tiring Galacticos stuttered to lose to Bayern Munich on penalties at the Bernabeu. A combination of Real Madrid's evident exhaustion,...
 

Bayern win on penalties to book Champions League final place

26 Apr 2012

Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich Champions League semi-final, second leg AGGREGATE 3-3 BAYERN MUNICH WIN ON PENALTIES Sebastian Schweinsteiger scored the winning penalty as Bayern beat Real Madrid in the shoot...
 

Mourinho: Champions League final is more important than La Liga

25 Apr 2012

Jose Mourinho says that playing in the Champions League final is more important than La Liga. The Real Madrid coach is looking for his side to overturn a 2-1 semi-final first leg deficit in tonight’s second leg against Bayern...
 

Di Matteo: The will to win is in Chelsea’s DNA

25 Apr 2012

Roberto Di Matteo says the will to win in adversity is ‘in the DNA’ of Chelsea’s players. The Blues boss watched his side complete a quite remarkable Champions League semi-final victory against Barcelona in the Nou Camp on...
 

Redemption for Torres as 10-man Chelsea topple the mighty Barcelona

25 Apr 2012

In the most stirring Champions League comeback since Liverpool snatched the title from under AC Milan's noses in 2005, substitute Fernando Torres capped a sensational performance for 10-men Chelsea, who came from two goals down at the Nou Camp to...
 

Stoppage time Torres goal sends Chelsea into Champions League final

25 Apr 2012

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea Aggregate 2-3 - Chelsea through to the final A stoppage time goal from Fernando Torres sent 10-man Chelsea through to the Champions League final, at the end of a quite remarkable game. The Blues would have...
 

Lionel Messi a 'doubt' for second leg against Chelsea

24 Apr 2012

The news that Lionel Messi isn't quite 100% going into Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea is music to Robert Di Matteo's ears. But the Blues' interim manager still reckons it's "50-50" as to...
 

Barca still favourites despite Chelsea victory

20 Apr 2012

Bookmakers’ odds are often a good measure of how difficult a challenge a team faces. William Hill are offering 9/1 that Chelsea will be able to keep a clean sheet in their Champions League semi-final second leg away to...
 

Barca coach will prepare Pep talk on how Messi and co can break down the Chelsea back line

19 Apr 2012

Pep Guardiola says that breaking down a 'deep' Chelsea defence will present a difficult challenge for Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, after his side's 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. "A team does...
 

Chelsea beat Barca in first leg after Drogba goal

18 Apr 2012

Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona Didier Drogba's goal in first half stoppage time earned Chelsea a 1-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge. Lionel Messi gave the ball away in the Chelsea half and Frank...
 

Iniesta: We won't be taking Chelsea lightly

18 Apr 2012

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta says his side will be making a 'big mistake' if they are not focused properly ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg clash. The two sides met in the semi-finals three years ago, with...
 

Late Gomez goal earns Bayern Munich a first leg victory against Real Madrid

17 Apr 2012

A late winner from Mario Gomez gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night. Franck Ribery (pictured) gave the home side the lead in the 17th minute,...
 

Robben: Bayern will need to be at their best to beat Ronaldo and co

17 Apr 2012

Bayern Munich are focusing on Champions League glory as their number one priority. The Germans are the underdogs going into tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Bayern are aiming for...
 

Chelsea through but can they beat Barca?

5 Apr 2012

Chelsea faced a tricky test against Benfica in Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg, having won 1-0 in Portugal last week. But they finally made it through with a 2-1 win on the night against Benfica's 10 men to set up...
 

Milan survive in San Siro

29 Mar 2012

If somebody had asked AC Milan’s coach Massimiliano Allegri before the match if he could take a 0-0 draw to the second leg in Barcelona, he wouldn’t have had to think too hard about it. Milan reached their objective against...
 

One foot in the semi-finals for Bayern, Chelsea and Madrid

29 Mar 2012

Champions League quarter-finals – first leg round-up Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals, after first leg wins this week - and Barcelona are the favourites to beat AC Milan on home soil...
 

English teams and Europe: A square peg in a round hole

17 Mar 2012

Quick, technical football with individual stars, the hard working box-to-box midfielders and the last sniff of the old school, hard-tackling English defenders are only one of many possible descriptions of English football these days. ...
 

Chelsea draw Benfica, Barca on course to meet Real Madrid in final

16 Mar 2012

Chelsea, the sole English club left in Europe, have been drawn against Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals. If they get through, they will face the winners of the AC Milan v Barcelona quarter-final. The draw for...
 

Chelsea and Real Madrid through to Champions League quarter-finals

14 Mar 2012

Chelsea did what Arsenal couldn't manage and pulled off a spectacular comeback to beat Napoli 4-1 after extra-time on Wednesday and 5-4 on aggregate to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals. Branislav...