UEFA Champions League updates: 24-30 March

News, tweets and photos ahead of the quarter-finals.

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by Tom Kell - 24/03/2014
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Welcome to UEFA.com's comprehensive UEFA Champions League coverage. We start by looking back at Sunday night's Clásico meeting between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona ...

 

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Buoyed by Saturday's 6-0 win against Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC forward Eden Hazard feels his side have the measure of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain. "Should we pressure them, we can get the result," Hazard said. Twice voted Ligue 1 player of the year during his time at LOSC Lille, Hazard rates Paris's players: "Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimović] of course but I admire [midfielder] Thiago Motta who really works hard." However, speaking to broadcaster Canal+, Hazard also said he had faith in manager José Mourinho's ability to lead Chelsea to success against Paris. "He is strong enough to manage that kind of game," he said.

Mourinho, meanwhile, was quoted in France as saying "Paris are the favourites" and that meeting them "will be interesting for [our] young developing team]". The Portuguese also said that 2011/12 UEFA Champions League and 2012/13 UEFA Europa League winners were at a disadvantage as second-leg hosts "because if it goes to extra-time the away team have 30 more minutes to score an away goal".

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Paris Saint-Germain are enjoying life in the UEFA Champions League this season and, after a weekend in which everything came up Paris, life is also looking rosy in Ligue 1 for Laurent Blanc's charges ...

Firstly, the league leaders dispatched FC Lorient on Friday night: 

 
Then they saw their nearest rivals AS Monaco FC frustrated by LOSC Lille on Sunday.

 

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More from Paris. Our French newsdesk has been in touch, and it seems the Chelsea game is already on the mind in the capital. One player is giddy at the thought of returning to sunny England, while another could be going in disguise.

Paris Saint-Germain are back to training after a two-day-and-half rest, with only right-back Gregory van der Wiel (knee tendonitis), and captain Thiago Silva (cheekbone injury) sidelined.

The Brazil centre-back Silva is expected to be available to face Chelsea FC in the last eight, albeit donning a mask of some kind, and the tie is already attracting the eye of a former Premier League star: "It will be pleasant to go back to England," said former Newcastle United FC captain Yohan Cabaye. "I'm sure we'll see two great games and therefore a very good show for the fans."

Meanwhile, a win at the weekend against OGC Nice would secure another UEFA Champions League campaign for Laurent Blanc's charges as they sit 22 points ahead of fourth-placed AS Saint-Étienne.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: It is excellent news for FC Bayern München fans. Dante has not peaked! In fact, he has inked a new deal with the Bavarian giants.

Following in the footsteps of Arjen Robben, the Brazilian international centre-back has extended his deal by 12 months, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2017.


Joining Bayern was the best decision of my life. Everything here is good: the club, the team, the trophies we win, the atmosphere ... Bayern is the right club for me and that’s why I��m delighted to be staying in Munich until at least 2017. I’m certain this team can enjoy a lot more fun and success in the years to come."

 

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It is tit-for-tat in the soundbites battle as the Reiverderby approaches on Tuesday, with Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jürgen Klopp stirring the pot. Steffen Potter explains ...

Right now, their quarter-final against Real Madrid CF is a speck on Borussia Dortmund's horizon, as on Tuesday night they host Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga's biggest derby.

The two clubs have been suffering from injury crises but nevertheless occupy the two spots below dominant FC Bayern München in the league table. "It is the derby and everyone knows what to expect. It will be a heated affair and I am looking forward to it", said Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who spent six months at Dortmund in 2009.

"If it was not Schalke, I could enjoy their playing style", BVB coach Jürgen Klopp said about the vast amount of youngsters the Royal Blues have pressed into service this term with positive results.

Klopp also hinted that he is ready to bring back Marco Reus into the starting XI. The midfielder had been sidelined for three weeks, but was brought on against Hannover 96 on Saturday and scored the last goal in his team's 3-0 win. "If things don't work out, I can always take him off," Klopp said, while Reus declared himself "eager to play."

 

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Competition statistics

Matches played: 116

Goals scored
339 Total
2.92 Match average
Total attempts
2887 Total
24.89 Match average
on target
1715 Total
14.78 Match average
off target
1171 Total
10.09 Match average
blocked
565 Total
4.87 Match average
against woodwork
74 Total
0.64 Match average
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1148 Total
9.9 Match average
Offsides
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4.41 Match average
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4.13 Match average
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