Spain

Friday, April 24, 2015

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By avoiding the two toughest teams left in the competition, Real's chances of a second successive Champions League crown were increased following Friday's draw, says Ben Hayward.

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The reigning Premier League champion will be able to deploy the playmaker when it takes on Aston Villa.

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The former Czech Republic star admits the team did not expect to be such a strong position to win the treble but says it must relish facing Real Madrid.

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The former Blaugrana coach is eagerly anticipating the Champions League semifinal, though he thinks the Bavarians have a tough nut to crack.

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The Germany icon feels the Bundesliga champion will go into the game as an underdog, whereas Matthias Sammer expects an even tie.

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The return of the former Barca boss to Camp Nou is the undoubted highlight of the Champions League draw, says Kris Voakes.

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Barcelona travels the short distance to Espanyol this weekend, aiming to extend its two-point advantage at the top of La Liga.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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The Europa League holders were on the brink of elimination against Zenit, but somehow found a way to progress as their love affair with the tournament continued.

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Andre Villas-Boas's side came from a goal down to level the tie at 3-3 before the striker scored on the break to seal a last-four spot.

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A late goal from substitute Kevin Gameiro was just enough to earn the reigning champions a place in the semifinals of the Europa League.

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Atletico Madrid host Elche in La Liga on Saturday, aiming to put UEFA Champions League elimination to Real Madrid behind them.

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The inspirational leader moved to a midfield role to take care of Atletico and has stepped up once again in Europe, writes Paul Macdonald.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Javier Hernandez marked only his seventh Real Madrid start with the winner against Atletico Madrid, much to Carlo Ancelotti's delight.