With 20 minutes played at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night, there was just one line of encouragement necessary from Jose Mourinho as Mark Schwarzer fastened his gloves and crossed the touchline. “He [Mourinho] said, ‘Listen … belief. Believe in your own ability,’” Schwarzer recalled later
Real Madrid held on to take victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich after Karim Benzema’s close range goal.
From the shiny crown to the shiny shoes Pep Guardiola is a gift to football – building teams that sweep forward with short, sharp, diagonal passes and never a thought of “holding what we have”. Neutrals can only hope the heavy mob in the Bayern Munich boardroom give him the time to finish the job, because on tonight’s evidence the job is very much unfinished.
From the shiny crown to the shiny shoes Pep Guardiola is a gift to football – building teams that sweep forward with short, sharp, diagonal passes and never a thought of “holding what we have”. Neutrals can only hope the heavy mob in the Bayern Munich boardroom give him the time to finish the job, because on tonight’s evidence the job is very much unfinished.
Winning the Champions League title two seasons in a row is proving to be one of the great challenges of the modern football era, and even if you happen to be Pep Guardiola, and your players the mighty Bayern Munich of 2014, there are still no guarantees.
Real Madrid took a step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years by beating Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Bernabeu thanks to a first-half goal by Karim Benzema.
The Champions League holders dominated possession but were unable to find an away goal at the Bernabeu on Wednesday
Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu.
Gary Cahill believes Chelsea can take belief from previously triumphing in adversity as Jose Mourinho’s men bid to advance to the Champions League final.
The Vunipola brothers are eyeing revenge when Saracens play Clermont in their Heineken Cup semi-final this weekend, but know it will be tough.
Former Netherlands international Bryan Roy has backed his compatriot Louis van Gaal to take the vacant Manchester United manager’s seat once his commitments with the national team have ceased, claiming he would be a “revelation” for the club as they look to recover from sacking David Moyes.
Saracens coach Mark McCall has highlighted New Zealand wing Sitiveni Sivivatu as Clermont Auvergne’s dangerman ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final on Saturday – live on Sky Sports 2.
After the Welshman’s sensational Copa del Rey winner, his next step is to adjust to a new role now that Ronaldo is set to return against Bayern
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich meet at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in what promises to be a pulsating tie.
Some see Fernando Torres as a figure of fun but he saved face in front of his own, writes Adam Bate.
Real Madrid could go into their Champions League semi-final first leg with Bayern Munich without Gareth Bale after the Welshman was kept away from the rest of the squad having suffered a bout of flu on the eve of the Santiago Bernabeu clash.
Real Madrid could go into their Champions League semi-final first leg with Bayern Munich without Gareth Bale after the Welshman was kept away from the rest of the squad having suffered a bout of flu on the eve of the Santiago Bernabeu clash.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech’s season is at a premature end after the Chelsea goalkeeper was injured in the Champions League semi-final first leg goalless draw at Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech’s season is at a premature end after the Chelsea goalkeeper was injured in the Champions League semi-final first leg goalless draw at Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho sparked a potentially major controversy in the Premier League season when he said tonight he would field a considerably weakened team against Liverpool on Sunday in what will be a critical game in the title race.