The Blaugrana boss says he and his players remain bitterly disappointed by their European heartbreak at the hands of Liga rival Atletico Madrid.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Portugal star remains a major doubt for the Mestalla showpiece with a hamstring injury.
The Real Madrid boss is a fan of his Bayern counterpart but insists the holder will not find it easy in the Champions League semifinals.
The Bavarians' captain is eagerly awaiting their clash with Los Blancos, while Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer are anticipating two dramatic encounters.
The former Blaugrana coach will face the Blancos once more in the Champions League semifinal, with Madrid fans hoping their club can finally get the better of the Bayern boss.
Goal ranks the sides vying for Europe's biggest prize ahead of some mouthwatering last-four ties.
Atletico Madrid's president had said his side could not afford the fee required in order for the Belgian to play against his parent club but UEFA says any clause is "unenforceable.
The Serie A champion will meet last season's beaten finalist, while the other last four tie features an all-Spanish affair.
The reigning European champion has been paired with Carlo Ancelotti's side, as Jose Mourinho's men meet the conquerors of Barcelona from the last round.
Tata Martino and his players are under fire again after their Champions League elimination in midweek, so will be desperate to keep their Liga title challenge on track.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sidelined with a hamstring injury, though the Portugal international is unlikely to be missed against the side sitting 19th in the table.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Paco Alcacer struck a hat trick as the Estadio de Mestalla outfit became the first team in Europa League history to overturn a three-goal deficit
The Spanish side turned the tie on its head in a memorable night at the Mestalla as the Swiss visitors were reduced to nine men as part of an astonishing collapse
The Bundesliga outfit will sign the Turkey international for a reported 7 million euro transfer fee when his loan deal ends on June 30
The midfielder accepted his side only had only itself to blame for crashing out of the Champions League after failing to take its chances.
The 29-year-old has suffered an injury to his left hamstring, meaning he's set to miss the showpiece and possibly the first leg of his side's Champions League semifinal.
The two forwards were unable to inspire their team on Wednesday as the Catalans crashed out of the Champions League and doubts remain over their partnership at this level.
The former France international believes that the Argentine spent the entire Champions League quarterfinal second leg "walking around the pitch."
The Blaugrana attacker feels that Diego Simeone's side deserve to be applauded after producing a resolute performance against the Catalans.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Atletico Madrid boss was delighted with his side's persistent pressing as it beat Barcelona 1-0 on Wednesday to seal a place in the Champions League semifinals