Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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The Bayern Munich boss says there is no tactical plan to nullify the Argentine's effect on matches but does not want his players to focus solely on his old charge

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The Magpies were first turned down by the Derby County boss at the start of the year and have now abandoned their interest after he rebuffed a new offer to replace John Carver

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The 17-year-old - who plays in the third tier of Portuguese football - is on Merseyside with his father and is set to join up with the Reds before the start of next season

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EXCLUSIVE: The midfielder believes that Ronny Deila's current squad are already strong enough to make an impact on the competition and is desperate to see them seal a return

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COMMENT: The Barca boss was heavily criticised for making constant changes earlier in the season, but his policy has left the squad fresh and firing when it matters most

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COMMENT: The Germans have headed more goals than any other Champions League team, but when their coach was at Barcelona, crossing and heading was 'never in the club's DNA'

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COMMENT: The Catalan coached his boyhood club to the treble in 2009 but just reaching the final with Bayern this season would be more significant

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COMMENT: Pep returns on Wednesday to the club he graced as both player and coach - and the team he shaped into the finest footballing side in the modern era

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EXCLUSIVE: The Argentina international has found form in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen since leaving the English game but has not ruled out a return to the Premier League

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The Spain international has admitted things didn't go as planned for the titleholders against Juventus, but he remains confident they will make it to the final

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The Spaniard has won Europe's second-tier tournament twice before and will be confident of victory over a side who have never made it this far in continental competition before

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As the reigning champion, the Rojiblancos are brimming with belief - yet retain the utmost confidence for a side that have already eliminated the likes of Tottenham and Roma

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The Spaniard, who again played in midfield in the absence of Luka Modric, is unhappy with how he performed in Turin but thinks Los Blancos can turn the tie around

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The Atletico ace took to Twitter to feign shock at Martin Atkinson not sending off Dani Carvajal, given the official had dismissed him for similar offences last month

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The former Blancos forward was buoyed by the Bianconeri's 2-1 win in Turin but pointed out that next week's return clash at the Bernabeu will be far more "dangerous"

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The Bianconeri coach was thrilled with the performance of his side against the reigning European champions in Turin but was disappointed that they did not win by a bigger margin