15.12Dortmund and their coach Jürgen Klopp are a determined bunch and will certainly be excited by the prospect of an all-German Champions League final. Bundesliga title-winners Bayern already seem to have one foot in the last two after hammering Barcelona.
Going back to the Bavarians' stunning humbling of the Catalans last night, former England international and Barca striker Gary Lineker tweeted, !"Only one of these sides needs Pep Guardiola, and it isn't Barcelona."
14:50 Bayer 04 Leverkusen full-back Daniel Carvajal began his playing career in the Real Madrid academy. His insight into the Spanish club, and support for Les Merengues, lead him to fancy them for victory, although he has warned how hard it will be to beat Roman Weidenfeller. Catch his thoughts in this interview.
14:07 If you want to know what two-goal match-winner Thomas Müller thought of last night's rout, have a read of this interview.
Following Graham Hunter's insights on how Bayern Munich should deal with Lionel Messi, fellow Spanish football expert Paul Bryan has told bundesliga.com how Dortmund must focus on taming Cristiano Ronaldo
Moving on, then, part two is only hours away and the first team indications are filtering through. Marca claims Di Maria is fit to play...
Spain's widely-read sports daily Marca described it as a 'debacle' which 'buries the Dream Team' that was FC Barcelona, while As called it "the end of an era for Barcelona. The old Barca were nowhere to be seen, and had the rug ripped from under their feet by a more energetic and more enthusiastic FC Bayern.
Before we focus on Dortmund, however, here's a quick look at what the rest of Europe made of last night's drama in Munich...
The dust is settling on Bayern Munich's humbling of Barcelona and the focus is now turning to the next German-Spanish Champions League tie between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid tonight.
22.45 Quite an astonishing evening in the Allinaz Arena as FC Bayern Munich produce one of the greates performances in the club's history to crush FC Barcelona, champins of Europe on four occasions, by a 4-1 scoreline.
“You want to know who will be right-back, left-back and centre-back?” Mourinho told a journalist asking whether Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas would stand between the sticks for Real, only to name his complete starting XI: “The line-up will be Diego Lopez, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain."
For Real, only coming first counts as the Spanish champions aim for "La Decima" - a tenth European title. “Madrid are one of those clubs where finishing second counts for nothing," stated head coach Jose Mourinho at the pre-match press conference. "So we have to reach the final and then win it.”
Goals galore: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo tops the Champions League's scoring list, having found the net eleven times so far in this year's competition. Barca's Lionel Messi comes second with eight strikes, while Robert Lewandowski (six) of Dortmund and Bayern's Thomas Müller (five) have netted the most for their respective teams.
Bayern may have got the short end of the stick in their last knock-out encounter against Barcelona, losing 4-0 in the first leg and failing to overcome that deficit in the second leg, however, the results from the total six games played so far read more positively. The Bundesliga record champions have won three and drawn two.
It's been quite a day already and a ball has not even been kicked yet! Even though kick-off is still a few hours away, the crowds are starting to move away from the beer gardens and head up to the north of the city to Bayern's magnificent Allianz Arena.
15.20 Breaking with tradition, the last words of uttered in the press conference are not by BVB's press officer but from Klopp himself, who gets everyone in the mood with an endearing final statement. "Tomorrow, come to the stadium, leave all your worries and cares behind and lets enjoy a great game of football, where Dortmund beat Real Madrid."
15.18 Concerning footballing matters, Klopp is asked his opinion of Madrid and how he can hope to stop them. "They are one of the world's best teams, and they don't have just one style of play, they have many. [In the last 16] against Manchester United, they showed that against ten men as well as eleven they can dominate possession."
15.11 A Polish journalist reminds Kuba that BVB beat Real Madrid in the group stages of the competition this season. "We played a great game to beat them in Dortmund", says Kuba. "We have to do the same things we did then. I've been at the club for six years and I'm sure that we'll get brilliant support from the fans, as always."
15.10Klopp stated that he could "understand Götze's decision. He has given this club a lot and he also has a lot to thank the club for, but he knows that. He is a player that [incoming Bayern coach] Pep Guardiola would like to have."
15.08 "If anyone has forgotten or doesn't understand how passionate the team is to succeed in the competition or how special our fans are, they shouldn't turn up tomorrow", responds Klopp when asked how Real Madrid might be able to use the news of Mario Götze's departure to their advantage.
15.03Klopp is flanked by Poland national team captain Jakub Blaszczykowski [Kuba], and his first question is whether this game is the biggest of his career. "What we have delivered so far in the Champions League this season has been fantastic. We are yet to lose a game and I hope it stays that way until the end. Obviously we have a lot of respect for Real Madrid, but we're all ready for the game."
14.53 "We will do everything we can to make sure that nothing and nobody disrupts our preparation for this game", continues Klopp.
14.45 The news of Mario Götze's summer transfer to Bayern, confirmed by both clubs this morning, dominates the press conference at Signal Iduna Park. BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp is first asked what for his reaction to the timing of Götze's departure, and he answers with typically brutal honesty: "On a scale of one to ten, it isn't great. Mario is a player we would like to have kept. But the transfer is done and dusted now."
14.26Dortmund have today confirmed that star midfielder Mario Götzewill be joining FC Bayern next season next season, but they have no time to dwell on the situation as they face Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League in a little over 24 hours. The press conference at Signal Iduna Park is about to start, and fear not, we'll have updates coming your way!
13.54 The Bundesliga sides that Messi has faced are FC Bayern,Leverkusen,VfB Stuttgart and Werder Bremen, and he has scored against all of them.
13.51 His last game against German opposition was the last sixteen second leg tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen last season. Barcelona won the game 7-1 and Messi scored five goals, a record in the Champions League.
13.29Messi has also faced Bundesliga opposition nine times in the Champions League and never been on the losing side. He has won six of those games and drawn three.
13.19 To return temporarily to Bayern versus Barcelona, which kicks off this evening at 20.45 CET, here are some statistics on the Catalans' main weapon Lionel Messi to whet your appetite:
Messi has played 78 games in the Champions League, scoring 59 goals and providing 25 assists. Only former Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04 star Raul, the competitions leading scorer with 71 goals in 142 appearances, has hit the net more often in Europe's premier club competition.
12.40Götze is widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming players in the world game. Matthias Sammer, former director of sport at the German Football League (DFB) and now operating in the same role at Bayern, previously described Götze as "one of the greatest talents we've ever had," while legend of the game Franz Beckenbauer has labelled him the "German Messi."
12.26Götze broke into the Dortmund team at the age of 17 and has made 83 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 22 goals - ten of them this season, as well as twelve assists to date. He has also shone in the Champions League, and scored against Real Madrid when the two sides met earlier on the campaign.
11.44Mario Götze had expressed his wish to sign for FC Bayern at the start of next season earlier today, before Bayern confirmed the deal. The Bavarians had originally wanted to wait until after Dortmund had played their first leg against Real Madrid before confirming the transfer.
Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke expressed his regret at the departure of Götze. "We're obviously extremely disappointed, but at the same time it has to be stressed that both Mario and his agent have behaved strictly in line with the terms of his contract,"
11.43 And as if Bayern fans weren't excited enough already, the club has today announced that have agreed a deal that they to sign Germany international Mario Götze from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.
11:00 All eyes were on Lionel Messi during Barca's final training session at the Allianz Arena and Barca's star of stars, who has been hampered lately by a muscle problem, has been given a cautious green light to start this evening against the German record champions.
10:45 Welcome back to our live blog, bringing you all the latest in the build-up to this evening's UEFA Champions League clash of the giants here in Munich - not forgetting Wednesday's no-less compelling head-to-head between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in the Ruhr district, needless to say...
And on to the matchday...
With Barcelona's training session now over, both sides will be taking some rest ahead of tomorrow's exertions. bundesliga.com's live blog will do likewise, but don't forget to keep up to date with all the latest Bundesliga news here with regular updates also from Borussia Dortmund's preparations to face Real Madrid CF to come.
18:52 That's it for the words, now time for the action. Barcelona will be training in the Arena from 19:00 with the first 15 minutes open to the media, keen certainly to see how much Messi gets involved. Chances are the Argentine will be taking it easy until all the watching eyes have left. Keep track of events on bundesliga.com with an updated match preview here.
18:42 Continuing the 'equality' theme, Roura suggests the fact this is Barca's sixth straight semi-final, and Bayern have played two of the last three finals "shows how strong these two clubs are."
18:29 Let the guessing games begin. Lionel Messi is not guaranteed to start, according to Barca's assistant coach Roura. "We'll make a decision tomorrow," he said. "I can't say for sure how he will feel tomorrow, but he's been feeling good in recent days."
18:06Xavi takes to the mic first, humbly stating how he feels the tie "is 50/50". With Lahm earlier saying Bayern are "on a par" with Barcelona, there is a clearly recognisable trend developing.
18:02 Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura and midfielder Xavi Hernandez are about to field the journalists' questions.
17:55 Just as Barcelona arrive at the Allianz Arena, grim-looking black clouds start to accumulate overhead. A sign? The sun has struggled to break through for most of the day in Munich and the same is forecast tomorrow, although it could clear up and cool down later on. Up to the teams to warm up the fans, then.
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Barcelona have already arrived in Munich and will be training at the Allianz Arena at 19:00 CEST, an hour after assistant coach Jordi Roura meets the media for their pre-match press conference
The Reds are bidding to become the first German club to win the treble. Success in that endeavour might even raise this Bayern side above the legendary team of the early 1970s. A squad boasting the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller who were three-time winners of the old European Cup, but never managed to win three competitions - the league, DFB Cup and a European crown - in the same season.
However, Bayern have seldom been better prepared for a test as challenging as this. Having wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time, they recorded consecutive 6-1 victories in their last two games. Last Tuesday they to reach the final of the DFB Cup on 1 June, before crushing Hannover 96 at the weekend, their 26th victory of the league season - a Bundesliga record in the top flight's 50th year.
Barcelona come into the game in good form. They were 1-0 winners over Levante UD in La Liga at the weekend courtesy of Cesc Fabregas' late goal, a result that maintained their 13-point lead at the top of La Liga to with six games remaining, and they also welcome back French international defender Eric Abidal after he underwent a liver transplant last year.
13:30 The Reds' final training session before tomorrow's game has just begun at the team's training ground at Säbener Straße, with every player in the squad taking part. "We have no injuries," reported Heynckes at the press conference earlier.
One of those, Thomas Müller, was not present at the pre-match press conference, but took the opportunity to rally the club and the fans via his official facebook page. "Tomorrow's game with Barcelona will have all Bayern fans and all football fans glued to the TV screen. We had a good result in Hannover, but a different animal altogether is waiting for us now. We have to play to our best level. Hopefully, with the support of our fans, we can lay the foundations for the second leg."
But there was good news for Bayern yesterday as midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger declared himself fit for Tuesday's game. The 28-year-old missed Saturday's 6-1 thumping of Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga with an ankle problem but is now expected to rejoin defensive midfield partner Javi Martinez against Barca.
Heynckes also has a choice to make in central defence. Dante will start the game but both Jerome Boateng and Daniel van Buyten are candidates to partner him. Boateng has been impressive in the Bundesliga recently, but van Buyten helped keep two clean sheets in the quarter-finals.
Bayern have been in such awesome form of late that Heynckes has something of a selection headache indeed. Mario Mandzukic is suspended for the game after picking up a yellow card against Juventus FC in the last game, leaving Mario Gomez or Claudio Pizarro as the options in attack. Both of them scored a brace in Hannover at the weekend, while Gomez came off the bench to score a hat-trick against Wolfsburg and Pizarro netted in Turin. There remains very little to choose between two of the Bundesliga’s greatest ever goalscorers.
13:46 Heynckes was keeping his cards close to his chest when pressed on the subject, and simply stated his confidence in whichever striker he picks. "I have the luxury of being able to choose between two fantastic strikers. Claudio Pizarro is the highest-scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga and Mario Gomez scored twelve goals in the competition last season and has a goals record that rivals Gerd Müller. It is great for me to have such good players to choose from."
13:34Heynckes goes on to say that he knows Barcelona "as well as I know my own team." The 67-year-old is still well acquainted with Spanish football and faced the Catalans personally when he coached Real Madrid, leading them to European glory in 1998. "I am aware of how they play and how good they are. We have to make sure that we stick to our task tomorrow."
13:32 The Bavarians' head coach Jupp Heynckes then arrives in the press room and is immediately questioned on how to stop Lionel Messi. "He has been the world’s best player for the last few years, no question. But Barcelona do not consist of just Lionel Messi. They have players like Andes Iniesta, who was voted Europe's best player last year, Xavi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, who are all extremely talented. We will have to stop them too."
13:30 For his final words, Martinez maintains that neither side is favourite to progress. "We are two teams of a similar standard; it's a fifty-fifty game, while Lahm repeats his appreciation of just how strong a team Barcelona are. "We're playing against the best team of the last few seasons."
13:26Lahm is asked for his views on the fact that two German teams - Bayern and Borussia Dortmund - and two Spanish teams - Barcelona and Real Madrid - have reached the last four of the Champions League. "The teams that are still in the competition are the best left in the competition. It's always difficult to compare the two leagues, which one is stronger. But it certainly says a lot about the two leagues that they each have two clubs left in the draw."
13:22Javi Martinez didn't have the best record against Barcelona while at his former club Athletic Bilbao, losing to them in the final of the Spanish Cup last season. "That was a tough game for me when we lost that final. But now I'm at a different club with higher ambitions, and this is a new season. I'm confident about the game and I think it's time that Barcelona were beaten."
13.18Philipp Lahm is asked by an English journalist to describe in one word the defeat to Chelsea FC in last season's final, when the Reds were beaten in a penalty shoot-out on their own soil. His answer: "Cruel." He then goes on to say that the reason for the team's excellent response to that heartbreak has been the development of the team and of every player. Each member of the squad has managed to perform to his potential this season and that has made us a stronger team."
Lahm's view isn't shared by another football journalist, however. Speaking in an interview with bundesliga.com Primera Liga expert Miguel Gutierrez explains that "there is no formula to stop Messi. There's no sense in trying to man-mark him because he is so fast. You can try to limit the space given to him, but that's easier said than done."
It is possible to stop the 25-year-old, however, says Lahm. "We simply have to play well as a team. It's not just about what we do in defence, but attack as well and throughout the whole team", a point reflected by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter in his theory on how to nullify the little magician.
13:14Barcelona have in their ranks a player that many believe to be the greatest the game has ever seen: Lionel Messi. The Argentine captain broke a 40-year record held by Bayern's legendary striker Gerd Müller for goals scored in a calendar year and has won the last three FIFA Ballon d'Or awards. "He is the best player in the world", say both Lahm and Martinez.
13.10 The Catalans have enjoyed an average of 72 per cent possession in their Champions League games this season, but Martinez believes that Bayern can buck that trend. "We need to stay true to our game. There will be times in the game where we'll have to stick tightly to one another, but we will try to keep the ball like we normally do."
13:07 For Javi Martinez, this is a game with added spice against a team he faced many times from his playing days in Spain. "I'm incredibly excited for the game. To be in the semi-final of the Champions League in my first season with FC Bayern is amazing, and to play against Barcelona is of course something special. As a Spaniard, I'm extremely proud to be part of this team."
13.06 The two clubs last met in the competition in the 2008/09 season, where Barcelona humiliated the Reds by winning the quarter-final tie 5-1 on aggregate after emerging 4-0 winners in the first leg. Lahm was in the team then but explained that this time around the teams are much more evenly matched. "There was a difference between the two teams then, but we have come on a huge amount since then and this will be a much more even contest:."
13.05Lahm, has been a two-team losing finalist in the competition and he reiterated his desire to reach the last two again this season. "These are the games you want to play in as a player. You want to test yourself against the best and Barca are one of those sides. But I believe that we have the team, the players and the character to win this game. It will be extremely difficult, but we're playing at home in the Allianz Arena and our aim is to win the game."
13:03 The Reds' skipper adds, however, that the two teams are evenly matched this season. "We have reached the final twice in the last four seasons and have developed really well. Now we can say that we are good enough to rub shoulders with the Barcelonas of this world."
13:02Lahm opens the press conference by stating what a festival of football these two games are likely to be between two of the world's best clubs. "This is one of the biggest games you can have. Barcelona have been the best team in the world over the past few years and have always reached the latter stages of this competition."
12:55 The club's official press conference is now about to begin, in front of what is a packed press room at the club's training ground at Säbener Straße in Munich. In attendance from the playing staff are captain Philipp Lahm and Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez.
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