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Champions League returns as minnows  take shot at glory
Champions League returns as minnows take shot at glory

Football these days never seems to stop, and the Champions League returns on Tuesday, a mere 24 days after Barcelona`s thrilling final win against Juventus.

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic's eye now on Champions League final
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic's eye now on Champions League final

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona are now thinking about just one thing: Adding the Champions League crown to the King's Cup and La Liga titles they have already won this season.

Dani Alves focused on trophies with Barca future uncertain
Dani Alves focused on trophies with Barca future uncertain

Barcelona defender Dani Alves will focus on Saturday`s King`s Cup final and the Champions League final a week later before announcing whether he will remain at the club next season, the Brazil international said on Monday.

Carlo Ancelotti probed on future after Champions League exit
Carlo Ancelotti probed on future after Champions League exit

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti fended off questions about his future after the Champions League holders were dumped out in the semi-finals by Juventus 3-2 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola at crossroads after Champions League exit
Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola at crossroads after Champions League exit

 Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola have reached a crossroads after Tuesday`s Champions League exit to Barcelona, with the team in need of renewal and the Spanish coach under growing pressure to deliver European silverware.

Pep Guardiola backing Barcelona to win Berlin final
Pep Guardiola backing Barcelona to win Berlin final

 Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is now backing his ex-club Barcelona to win the Champions League after his Bavarian giants bowed out 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

Lionel Messi is the best player of all time: Bayern's Pep Guardiola
Lionel Messi is the best player of all time: Bayern's Pep Guardiola

Barcelona`s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month`s Champions League final.

Real Madrid needs to be calm, patient against Juventus: Dani​ Carvajal
Real Madrid needs to be calm, patient against Juventus: Dani​ Carvajal

 Spanish giants Real Madrid's right back Dani Carvajal has said that if the team remained "calm" and "patient" during Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg match against Italian champions Juventus, they would qualify for the final.

Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich can still shock Barca
Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich can still shock Barca

 Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich`s star-studded squad has the quality to overturn a three-goal deficit to shock Barcelona in Tuesday`s Champions League semi-final, second-leg despite their four-match losing streak.

Pep Guardiola rules out Manchester City move
Pep Guardiola rules out Manchester City move

 Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Monday shot down swirling rumours of a possible move to Manchester City next season, saying he would see out his contract at the German champions.

Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool to move forward
Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool to move forward

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard urged the club to look to the future after their Champions League hopes all but evaporated following a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

Social media turns on Jerome Boateng after Lionel Messi slip
Social media turns on Jerome Boateng after Lionel Messi slip

 Germany defender Jerome Boateng was roundly ridiculed on Twitter Thursday for slipping up ahead of Lionel Messi`s second goal in Barcelona`s 3-0 Champions League drubbing of Bayern Munich.

Arsenal all but seal Champions League qualification
Arsenal all but seal Champions League qualification

Arsenal all but sealed Champions League qualification for an 18th successive season after they eased past relegation-threatened Hull City 3-1 in the Premier League on Monday.

Jerome Boateng slams `careless` Bayern Munich
Jerome Boateng slams `careless` Bayern Munich

 Jerome Boateng says Bayern Munich must improve for Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final, first-leg, at Barcelona or not bother travelling to Spain following their "careless" German Cup exit.

Mitchell Langerak apologises to injured Robert Lewandowski
Mitchell Langerak apologises to injured Robert Lewandowski

 Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has apologised to former team-mate Robert Lewandowski after their goal-mouth collision left the Bayern Munich striker with a fractured cheekbone, nose and concussion.

Knives out for free-fall Marseille
Knives out for free-fall Marseille

Seen as potential champions as recently as Christmas, Marseille`s Ligue 1 meltdown has been so dramatic even second-bottom Metz fancy their chances for their showdown on Friday.

Bayern Munich win Bundesliga but don't celebrate
Bayern Munich win Bundesliga but don't celebrate

 It might sound ironical but to win the German football league is something natural for a club like Bayern Munich, but at the same time, not to win it is regarded as something near a catastrophe.

Real Madrid battling hard to thwart Barcelona treble charge
Real Madrid battling hard to thwart Barcelona treble charge

 Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Massimiliano Allegri exceeds expectations at Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri exceeds expectations at Juventus

When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him -- win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16
Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16

 Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid`s side this season but Wednesday`s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.