Thursday 24 April 2014

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The Ballon d'Or holder was thrust back into the startng line-up in the win over Bayern Munich but says he felt ready after three weeks out

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The Bavarian giants' honorary president praised Real Madrid for their 1-0 win but felt the visitors offered little going forward

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The Italian believes the Champions League holders played into his side's hands and praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his efforts upon his return from injury

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The former Blancos attacker criticised the hosts for what he considered a slow start and was adamant that Bayern "dominated" despite their defeat

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The Germany international was upbeat despite the defending European champions going down to Karim Benzema's first-half strike at Santiago Bernabeu

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The Real Madrid stopper was delighted with the result in the semi-final first leg and paid tribute to Iker Casillas for his late save from Mario Gotze

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Carlo Ancelotti's men won 1-0 in the semi-final opening leg, ensuring that the holders need to triumph in Allianz Arena clash if they want to retain their European title

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The holders struggled against their resilient hosts as Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric put on a masterclass in the centre of midfield, with Karim Benzema netting the solitary goal

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The Frenchman turned home Fabio Coentrao's cross in the first half to seal a win against Pep Guardiola's side, who dominated possession but failed to find a breakthrough

Wednesday 23 April 2014

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Following a dull encounter on Tuesday night, Goal’s Rahul Bali highlights why Mourinho achieved what he set his out team to do…

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The former winger has switched to the centre of midfield to superb effect after appearing to be on his way out of the Bernabeu following Gareth Bale's arrival

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The 27-year-old was not impressed with the Premier League side's defensive style of play and is confident Atleti can secure progress to the final in the return

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The Portuguese's pragmatic plan may yet take Chelsea to the Champions League final this term, but Tuesday's tactics were a remainder of why he wasn't a hit in his previous post

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The former Blues defender took to Twitter to voice his views on the Champions League semi-final first-leg at the Vicente Calderon as part of Heineken's 'Share The Sofa' campaign

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The Brazilian has hailed the Spaniard's impact on the Bavarian outfit since taking over in the summer and believes his old club are Champions League favourites

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Bayern Munich are widely recognized as the most dominant team in European football at present but Goal's Brendon Netto suggests Real Madrid are the ideal team to take them down.

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The Blues have just two days' rest between the trip to Anfield and the visit of Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge, and the Portuguese could field a weakened side on Merseyside