Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The 62-year-old expects an evenly balanced encounter when two of his former teams lock horns at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Germany international is eagerly anticipating Wednesday's encounter and has warned his teammates that they cannot afford to lose focus.
The former winger has switched to the center of midfield to superb effect after appearing to be on his way out of the Bernabeu following Gareth Bale's arrival.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Blues have just two days' rest between the trip to Anfield and the visit from Atletico Madrid, and the manager could field a weakened side against Liverpool.
Goal offers pictures from the Vicente Calderon as Atleti was held to a 0-0 draw by the Blues, who lost Petr Cech and John Terry to injury during a dour encounter.
Cech suffered a dislocated shoulder in Chelsea's scoreless draw with Atletico Madrid, while Terry picked up an ankle injury.
The Atletico manager believes his side was unfortunate not to score and says Jose Mourinho's men have the edge ahead of the second leg.
The midfielder said he was disappointed with the result but believes the tie remains open ahead of the second leg.
A pragmatic performance from Jose Mourinho's men helped ensure a goalless draw in the Champions League semifinal.
The 31-year-old left the field in obvious pain after a collision with Rojiblancos midfielder Raul Garcia.
The midfielder believes his side is equal to the Bundesliga champions and is confident it can advance to the final.
The Spaniard has struggled since making a move to Stamford Bridge from Anfield and looks a shadow of the player once regarded as the best striker in the world.
The Netherlands international believes Real Madrid boasts "the best players" and is the most dangerous opponent left in the Champions League.
The former Barcelona man, who played alongside the Spaniard at Camp Nou, says his intelligence as a player has manifested as coaching "genius" in recent seasons.
The Wales star missed Monday's session due to illness but was able to work as normal with the Real Madrid squad as the club prepares to take on Pep Guardiola's side.
The Spain international says Carlo Ancelotti's side is the toughest left in the Champions League and warns of the threat the club poses on the counterattack.
Monday, April 21, 2014
The Brazilian finds it "odd" that some people are surprised by the Rojiblancos' success this season and says that they will relish their Champions League clash with the Blues
The Portuguese left the Blancos under acrimonious circumstances, but says he always wants the capital club to win tournaments he's not involved in
The striker, who made his name at the Liga leaders, is in line to face his former side after Samuel Eto'o suffered a knee injury, with his coach confident in his mental state
The Blues are closing in on a €40 million deal for the striker, with the Atletico Madrid coach admitting the London side have the financial power to force such a move through