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Gerard Pique:’Juventus deserved it’
The Barcelona man praised the guest's performance in yesterday's Champions League draw, stating that Juventus have a strong chance to lift the prestigious trophy this season. Juventus kept their cool and managed to get a 0-0 result against the Blaugrana. Luise Enrique's men were unable to repeat the outstanding comeback against PSG. “It was difficult to overturn the first leg result and we did have several chances that we were unable to convert into goals. As time wore on, it became increasingly unlikely we’d achieve our objective.", said Pique “Over the two legs, Juventus played better than we did and deserved to go through to the semi-finals. I wish them all the best going forward and I think they can win the Champions League this season.”
Barcelona vs Juventus – Starting lineups
International - Champions League Final Stage 1/4, Season 2016/17 - Barcelona vs Juventus - Starting lineups Game will be played at the Camp Nou The referee for this match will be Bjoern Kuiper
Perez agrees to sell Morata
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has agreed to sell Alvaro Morata to Chelsea. According to Don Balon, the La Liga side president has agreed to sell the striker to Chelsea. Nevertheless, it's suggested the London club superstar Eden Hazard could move in the other direction as part of the deal. Morata is deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu after falling down the Real pecking order. And he's keen to move to Stamford Bridge for regular match action. His girlfriend is reportedly already scouting places to live in London.
Cartoon: Ronaldo breaks Bayern while Marcelo keeps Real safe
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich game will be talked about for a while, and the cartoonists didn't let the chance to illustrate the things that happened at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Sergio Ramos: I’d advise Pique to go and watch the PSG game again
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has shared his comments after the UCL quarter-final match vs Bayern Munich. "It's still too early to speak about the final, as we have to win the semi-finals first. Of course, we want to win the Champions League again. We are happy for leaving Bayern Munich out of the tournament. What about Gerard Pique's reaction, I would rather advise him to go and watch the Barcelona - PSG game again. Possibly he will change his opinion about the referees after that. Let's just wait and see what happens in Barcelona's return leg match against Juventus," Ramos said. Barcelona will host Juventus today at 20:45 CET. The first leg match between these two clubs ended with the Italian side's 3-0 victory.
Xabi Alonso happy for the UCL farewell at Bernabeu
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso played his last match in the Champions League. The Spaniard has decided to hang up his boots at the end of current season. "I said goodbye to Champions league at Santiago Bernabeu, I was full of emotions. It was a very special moment for me to have my farewell at this stadium. Speaking about the game, we resisted and fought until an exact moment. Arturo Vidal's expulsion was decisive. With 11 players, we would be fighting up until the last moment," Alonso said. To recall, Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-2 in Madrid (6-3 on Agg) and qualified for the semi-finals.
Bayern Munich director: Fewer ‘Pogba deals’ to happen in future
Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke has explained why he believes world-record fees such as Paul Pogba's transfer to Manchester United will become less frequent in the future... "There was one transfer in excess of 100 million euros last season, Pogba, and maybe you could mention Gonzalo Higuain in the same bracket with 90 million euros," Reschke told El Pais. "But I predict fewer transfers of that stature in the future. Big clubs simply do not want to sell their best players. And the best players are already at these clubs. "They only leave when their contract expires, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dani Alves. Maybe you are able to buy someone when he only has one more year left on his contract. "The best players are already at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico [Madrid], the big Premier League clubs, Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain."
Bayern robbery? Real Madrid were also robbed!
Real Madrid victory over Bayern Munich has become a matter of big controversies after the several errors that the match official Viktor Kassai allowed. The whole world speaks about the robbery that he did to Bayern Munich, including two offside goals that were allowed and the controversial red card handled to Arturo Vidal. However, deeper analysis of the match shows that it's not only Bayern who suffered from the poor refereeing. Real Madrid were also robbed, and here is why. Arturo Vidal should have been sent off much earlier Vidal saw the second yellow card after a tackle on Marco Asensio, where his fault was not so evident. However, Viktor Kassai had to show him that red card much earlier, in the 47th minute for a fault on Casemiro. And here is the fault that Vidal was sent off for. https://cf-e2.streamablevideo.com/video/mp4/x1ufw.mp4 Possible penalty on Sergio Ramos Xabi Alonso grabbed and did not let Sergio Ramos finish the cross from the flank, and this could have ended up with a penalty in favor of Real Madrid. Penalty for Boateng's tackle on Casemiro In the final minutes of the match, all Real Madrid players and fans asked for the a penalty against the German side. Casemiro was tackled by Boateng and went down inside the area. Lewandowski was offside before Ramos' own goal In fact, the game shouldn't have passed to the extra-time since Bayern scored their second goal after the poor decision by the referees, too. Before Ramos could send the ball into his own net, Robert Lewandowski was in offside position. Moreover, replays show, that Thomas Muller was holding the Real Madrid captain with his hands before the Spaniard changed the wrong scoresheet. So dear fans, let's not complain about the referees and just enjoy football with all of its dramatism, errors and polemics.
Iniesta did not confirm Barca stay
Andres Iniesta would not confirm whether he will still be at Barcelona at the start of next season, when quizzed on his future at a press conference. The 32-year-old's contract does not run out for another year, but the midfielder admitted he will consider his future at the end of this campaign. "You have caught me out with that question right now," he told reporters ahead of Barcelona's match against Juventus on Wednesday. "Tomorrow we are putting everything on the line collectively and individually, and nothing has changed from what I said last time. "At the end of the season I will weigh up a lot of things and we will see. My hopes and wishes have not changed, but this is not the best time to be talking about it."
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – Live Stream
Champions League Final Stage 1/4, Season 2016/17 - -Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Game will be played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu The referee for this match will be Viktor Kassai