Thursday 7 May 2015

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The head coach credited Pep Guardiola for sticking to his philosophy but heaped praise on his players for the way they dismantled Bayern in the last 20 minutes

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The Germany international was devastated after Lionel Messi and Neymar left Bayern Munich needing a minor miracle to reach the Champions League final

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The former Germany skipper felt his side deserved better after holding their own at Camp Nou for the majority of an absorbing contest

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The Barcelona defender revelled in his team-mate tearing Bayern Munich apart but says his side will still go to Germany with the intention of winning the second leg

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Two goals from the imperious Lionel Messi and a stoppage-time nail in the coffin from a calm and composed Neymar put one Blaugrana foot in the Champions League final

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The Argentine scored twice in the second half before Neymar's stoppage-time strike as Pep Guardiola endured a miserable return to Camp Nou

Wednesday 6 May 2015

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The striker will play wearing a protective mask after fracturing his nose and upper jaw in the DFB-Pokal semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund

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The midfielder left Barcelona in 2013 but returns for the first time on Wednesday night looking to knock his former team out of Europe

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The Bundesliga side had been linked with a move for the Germany international, but they have made it clear they are not after the midfielder's services

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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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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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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 midfielder has hailed the Argentine as a great player but unsurprisingly favours his former Real Madrid team-mate over the Barcelona talisman

Tuesday 5 May 2015

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The two former team-mates will go up against each other in the dug-out on Wednesday, with the Barcelona boss quick to praise his friend's impact at the Allianz Arena

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The prolific attacker no longer has any special bond with the current Bayern boss, while he has stressed his feud with Luis Enrique has been resolved

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The former Liverpool goalkeeper has nothing but praise for the Uruguayan forward and acknowledged he could cause the German champions trouble