UEFA Champions League updates: 28 April-4 May

All the latest from our team of reporters around this week's semi-final deciders.

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by UEFA.com newsdesk - 28/04/2014
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Did you see how the four semi-finalists got on this weekend? Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid CF scooped victories in Spain, Chelsea FC through the Premier League title race wide open and FC Bayern München recovered to beat SV Werder Bremen 5-2. Wins all round.

 

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He is certainly smiling in this image but will Sergio Ramos have the same grin after tomorrow's game in Munich? Smiles aside, in this video the Real Madrid CF defender speaks about his "dream" of reaching the Lisbon final. Well worth a watch ...

 

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The countdown to this week's games begins in earnest in less than ten minutes with FC Bayern München's pre-match press conference. Stand by for quotes.

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Fresh from their 4-0 weekend win at home to CA Osasuna, Real Madrid CF are en route to Germany where they are scheduled to land at 12.30CET ahead of tomorrow night's encounter against FC Bayern München. Karim Benzema – scorer of his side's goal against the Bundesliga giants in last Wednesday's 1-0 win – will be among his team's travelling party today, as will defender Pepe, after both shook off respective knee and hip knocks they picked up in the home leg. Gareth Bale is also among the Madrid contingent having been rested at the weekend. Carlo Ancelotti's side will train at the Fußball Arena München from 19.00CET today.

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FC Bayern München may have won by what looks like a comfortable 5-2 scoreline against SV Werder Bremen at the weekend but, having commentated on the game, I can tell you it was a lot less impressive than the result suggests.

The game was the ideal rehearsal for tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid CF. Bremen sat deep and sought to counterattack – just as Madrid did last week – but worryingly for Bayern, they did so with disconcerting ease. Pep Guardiola’s side were 2-1 down at half-time after being ruthlessly exposed at the back and a spate of nervy moments, involving the footwork of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in particular, left the Spanish coach "disappointed and sad" and ruing a performance "not worthy of our fans".

Bayern turned it up a notch in the second half with four well-taken goals to ultimately win the match comfortably but, realistically, they cannot expect Madrid to be anywhere near as generous at the Fußball Arena München on Tuesday and based on that defensive showing, Messrs Ronaldo and Bale will be rubbing their hands with anticipation.

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There seems to be a lot of dreaming going on around these semi-finals ...

 

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Goals scored
357 Total
2.88 Match average
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