Sevilla’s 34-match unbeaten home run may be over but the attacking flair they showed against Real Madrid leaves them full of confidence ahead of their Europa League semi-final against Fiorentina on Thursday.
Bayern Munich`s injured top-scorer Robert Lewandowski flew with the squad on Tuesday to Barcelona for their Champions League semi-final, first-leg, but French winger Franck Ribery was amongst those left behind.
While there may still be a question mark over treble-chasing Barcelona`s defence, their fearsome attacking trident is firing on all cylinders ahead of Bayern Munich`s visit in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich`s Robert Lewandowski trained with a protective mask and could face Barcelona in Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final, first-leg, despite a broken cheekbone, team-mate Jerome Boateng confirmed on Monday.
After a slow start at Barcelona, Luis Suarez now has a strike rate comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while his selfless style has also helped instill a spirit of camaraderie within their deadly attack.
The semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League will take fans on a rollercoaster ride as Europe's four giants try to outsmart each other in two-legged ties. The stakes are high this term for Barcelona who face a Bayern Munich side managed by Catalan legend Pep Guardiola.
Bayern Munich are expected to name a weakened line-up for Saturday`s clash at Bayer Leverkusen with the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions pre-occupied by Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final at Barcelona.
European champions Real Madrid will need to inflict Sevilla`s first home defeat in over 13 months to realistically maintain their bid for the La Liga title when they visit the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.
Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.
European champions Real Madrid have denied reports in the Spanish media that they and Atletico Madrid could be banned from registering new players for a year for irregularities in the signing of minors.