Munich - Bundesliga affairs have been put to one side for the time being as Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich's focus returns to more pressing matters in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Both hold convincing advantages from their respective first-leg wins over Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona, but there is still at least 90 minutes left to play before they can celebrate reaching the final of Europe's premier club competition. will keep you posted on all the latest news, views and reaction throughout the day!

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19:30 Before you switch over to our LIVE coverage of the second leg between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid let us leave you with this. BVB, the only unbeaten side left in the competition, haven't lost any of their last six games in all competitions and are hoping to secure a place in only their second UEFA Champions League final. Never have the Yellow-Blacks had a better chance to do that than tonight. All eyes are on Jürgen Klopp's youngsters and will be bringing you all the updates, stats and in-stadium tidbits to keep you tuned in to all the goings on in Madrid. Lets go BVB!

19:25'Tonin el Torero' has full faith in his side. "The Real Madrid squad is simply better. That's why I'm 100 per cent sure that Real will win the second leg. Cristiano Ronaldo is a player that can decide games by himself. He could be the player to make all the difference against Borussia Dortmund. However, the whole stadium has to get the team in a big way."

19:15 Ahead of tonight's eagerly-anticipated fixture's reporter in Madrid caught up with world famous Real Madrid fan Antonio Castano, also known as 'Tonin el Torero'. The 44-year-old, who got married inside the Santiago Bernabeu, admiteed he was "very disappointed" with the 4-1 first leg defeat. However, he's expecting "a 3-0 win in the return leg, because I believe in the magical nights in the Santiago Bernabeu".

18:50Borussia Dortmund rang in the changes to his side this past weekend, but the former German champions still managed to secure a 2-1 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Click here to watch the extended highlights of how BVB warmed up for tonight's crunch encounter against Real Madrid.

18:35Jürgen Klopp and Co. aren't the only ones confident of booking their place in what could prove to be an all-German final. Ottmar Hitzfeld has won twice won the UEFA Champions League, once with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, and the 64-year-old believes his former club can recreate the magic of that season. “I’m extremely optimistic.” Click here to read the legendary head coach’s full interview.

18:15 With world class players scattered all over the pitch, took a look at the key battles which could ultimately define the outcome of tonight's encounter. Click here to flick through the dedicated gallery and decide who you think comes out on top. called in the big guns ahead of last week's first-leg encounter in Dortmund. So if you're looking for a great read before the second leg, look no further than Spanish football expert Paul Bryan's analysis of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese international has been in fine fettle in the Champions League this season, topping to goalscoring charts, but Dortmund have already proven themselves adept at thwarting the Real Madrid superstar.

17:35Jürgen Klopp's charges boast a 4-1 advantage from the first leg and the charasmatic is convinced his side have what it takes to secure their place in Wembley on 25 May. "No, I'm sure we won't [buckle under the pressure]. We played Bayern Munich in the German Cup final last year and my team was pretty cool. The only way to reach your dream is to be brave."

17:25 With just over three hours to go until kick-off it's time to turn our attention back to Borussia Dortmund's semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

17:10Vilanova concluded his press conference by focusing on the aspect of Barcelona that makes them such a special club. "We know we need the fans. It is not the same to have a quiet stadium compared to a stadium full of people cheering. But we cannot always ask the fans for help, we also have to give them something back in return."

17:00 "Sergio Busquets and some others are still suffering from minor injuries. We will see after the training session if Busquets is fit to play," admitted Vilanova before saying his piece on the world's best player. "We know how important Messi is in our team, especially when it comes to scoring goals. The better he plays, the better for the team. But we cannot put all the pressure on his shoulders, the rest of the team also has to help him."

16:55Vilanova is contending with a couple of injury issues ahead of the second leg on Wednesday evening. "Javier Mascherano will not be able to play tomorrow. He needs six weeks to recover and only four have gone by, so he will not be in the team."

16:50 The 44-year-old seems to be adopting a realistic approach in handling the questions. "The players are aware of the difficulty of the match. We are FC Barcelona and we cannot view this tie as being lost already. If we do not make it, we have to hold our heads high, fight until the end, and have our fans feel proud of us."

16:45 With head coach Tito Vilanova now facing the assembled press, his first statement is one of clear intent. "I expect that we will be ourselves. That we will try to be better than Bayern. We know we have to score, I know we can do that. We should be ourselves, that's the important thing. Scoring goals but also playing good football."

16:35Thomas Müller talked earlier about the threat Lionel Messi poses to Bayern's chances and Pique also had to field questions about his Argentinian team-mate. "We know what Messi means. He is the best in the world and to have him in the team is the best news. We need everyone, especially Messi. I don't want us to commit mistakes because we have enough work as it is to play a good match and be better than our opponent."

16:30 Confidence doesn't seem to be an issue at the moment for the Catalan giants, despite losing the first leg. "We believe we will turn this around 100 per cent. We need to score a goal as soon as possible to get more and more confident," explained Pique. "After a 4-0 result you do doubt yourself, but as days go on, you suddenly believe you can do this. Football is very psychological. Tomorrow we have 90 minutes to hit Bayern psychologically with the help of the fans. They could also score a goal and then to score six goals is a lot tougher. But we believe."

16:25 However, according to Pique, Barcelona have a clear game plan ahead of welcoming Bayern to the Nou Camp. "We have to open up the pitch, have the ball, and play fast football. In recent years we have proved we can beat anyone in any situation. We have to try to find all the right circumstances to win the match. If everything goes in our favour, we can do it."

16:20 The Spanish international continues by issuing a rallying cry to his team. "We represent a club that does not consider giving up, a club that has won a lot and has a long history. We represent FC Barcelona and we will want to give a good account of ourselves."

16:15Pique is confident his side have recovered from the 4-0 drubbing they suffered in Munich last week. "The team is fine and confident that we'll do all we can to stay alive for the whole match. We can't concede goals, need to score at least one (quickly) and fight until the end."

16:10Barcelona's Gerard Pique and head coach Tito Vilanova have been talking to the press ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern.

15:30 With all that talk of Bayern taking on Barcelona tomorrow night, it's easy to forget that there's also that little matter of Dortmund facing off with Madrid for a place in the UEFA Champions League final. Little over five hours left before kick-off in that one.

15:10 Heynckes goes on to say he wants "to show that last week wasn't a one-off" and that he would love to see Dortmund in the final. So would we, Jupp!

15:05 Jupp Heynckes confirms central defender Dante will take part in this evening's training session after a cold.

14:55 Barcelona have won their last 10 home games against German opposition (W19, D1, L6); Bayern's away record against Spanish clubs reads W5, D5, L10.

14:36 Before the two players depart, to be followed by their coach Jupp Heynckes, Müller finished with a parting summary of the two semi-finals so far, Bayern’s 4-0 thumping of Barca and Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Real Madrid: “It’s a good sign for German football, like the development of the German national team. I don’t think the scorelines were expected, they don’t happen every day. But we just want to get to the final first, and we won’t be watching Dortmund!”

14:32 The last time Bayern played in Barcelona, the Bavarians were on the end of a 4-0 hammering, all of the goals coming in the first half. This time, however, Schweinsteiger believes that there will be no repeat of that. “It’s impossible to compare the two situations. I think only Franck [Ribery] and I started that game. But we’ve developed a lot since then, have a stronger squad and I see how the team trains every day and what a good phase we are in right now. I have a great feeling that we can get to the final.”

14:26Schweinsteiger is asked about the dangers of Philipp Lahm, Javi Martinez,Dante,Luiz Gustavo and Mario Gomez, as well as himself, all being one yellow card away from missing the final. “We are all dreaming of getting to the final. There may be difficult moments in the game and we know the risks. If someone gets another yellow card, then that’s unfortunate. But our focus is doing what we can to make sure we get to London."

14:24Müller continues by warning of a different Barcelona and a ‘different’ Messi. “They will come forward at us a lot more that in the first leg, they’ll have more shots on our goal and more possession, which is their strength. I think we’ll see a different Messi in this game.”

14:19 "Barca away at Camp Nou - that's a completely different proposition altogether," warns Müller.

14:15Thomas Müller is asked about the role that Barcelona’s Argentine Lionel Messi could play: “Everyone knows that he is the fulcrum of their team. If you score 50 goals every season, then it’s clear that the team will depend on you. I don’t really know what his situation was in the first game in terms of fitness, but he came off the bench at the weekend and scored a great goal. I think we’ll be much busier with him in this game.”

14:12 After a brief delay, the press conference begins with the thoughts of Bastian Schweinsteiger. “We opened the door with the first leg result", he says. “But we haven’t got the job done yet. We still need to show a lot of passion to make sure we can go through, especially against a team like Barca.”

13:45 Having settled down at their hotel, most of the Bayern squad will be relaxing ahead of this evening’s training session at 18.00 CET, their last ahead of tomorrow’s second leg in the Camp Nou. For head coach Jupp Heynckes and players Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, official pre-match press conference duty calls…

13:32 Incidentally, the Bayern players have touched down in Barcelona. A press conference is scheduled for 14:00. Don't worry, we'll be there.

13:25 Heynckes was on the losing side that day as the away goals rule in the then two-legged final handed the trophy Eintracht's way. Omens....?

13:19 Only once has a three-goal deficit been recovered in the Champions League, not to mention four, so if you believe in the stats we will indeed be looking at an all-Bundesliga final at Wembley on May 25: only the second of its type on the European stage after the 1980 UEFA Cup final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach. And who managed the Foals back then? You guessed it, Jupp Heynckes.

13:02 "If there's one team that can overturn a 4-0 deficit, it's them [Barca]," warned Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez. [Trailing 2-0 in the last 16 against AC Milan] "they went and won the return leg 4-0 - against Milan!"

12:42 An inspiring tale of style and substance, Bayern quite simply played Barcelona off the park in the first leg. For once, Lionel Messi was reduced to a position of mere bystander, but as Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter explained last week, the nifty Argentine only needs a millimetre to turn a game on its head.

12:25 "Barcelona are world class and they'll give it their all," says Heynckes. "It means they'll press us from the off and try to put us under pressure."

12:05 Speaking of which, Bayern boarded their flight to the Catalan capital this morning, looking to finish the job following their dazzling first-leg win over Barcelona last Tuesday. "We have to try and score a goal or two," said coach Jupp Heynckes. "That's well within the realms of possibility."

11:45 "Pretty cool" is how Jürgen Klopp described his team's performance in last season's German Cup win over Bayern - exactly the sort of display he expects from his troops in the pressure cooker environment of the Bernabeu tonight. "You have to be brave to realise your dreams," he added.

11:25 As we all know, Dortmund have got some quality players in their ranks, but who do you think will make the difference in Madrid? Vote now!

11:05 "Anything is possible at the Bernabeu," says former Real Madrid goalkeeper and Germany international Bodo Illgner. "It's hard to imagine Dortmund going out, but then again who saw them winning the first leg 4-1?"

10:47 The stats certainly don't lie on this occasion, and it's little wonder Spanish football expert Paul Bryan earmarked a certain No7 as Real's one to watch prior to last Wednesday's first-leg encounter.

10:20 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 50th Champions League goal in Dortmund last week. The Portugal international has now scored four and chipped in with two assists in six Champions League encounters against German opposition. Mats Hummels, you’ve been warned.

10:01 "It's not going to be a walk in the park, and that goes for Real too," said Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp at yesterday's pre-match press conference.

09:45 If you're partial to an all-star ensemble, take a look at where tonight's clash in Madrid could be won and lost.

09:38 So, do you think Dortmund will make it to the UEFA Champions League final? Scroll down and have your say here, but in case you need any convincing have a read of what two-time winner Ottmar Hitzfeld had to say on the matter.

09:27 Influential as Dortmunddismantled Real at the Signal Iduna Park, Ilkay Gündogan told our journalist at yesterday's press conference he can't wait to do it all again in Madrid. "Whether you're just starting out or at the end of your career, there's always a great atmosphere at the Bernabeu - it's gong to be special."

09:15 The Bundesliga duo hold all the cards after putting La Liga's big two to the sword on German soil. Click here to find out what the international press had to say about a magical week for Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich.

Tuesday, 09:00 CET The countdown has well and truly begun: in 48 hours' time, we could well be looking at an all-Bundesliga final in the UEFA Champions League. Stay with us throughout the course of the day for all the build-up to Borussia Dortmund's semi-final encounter with Real Madrid as well as Bayern Munich's trip to Barcelona...

20:10 Dortmund's players are putting their feet up after their training session in Madrid, and will do likewise. Don't forget to join us on Tuesday morning for more build-up to Borussia Dortmund's semi-final clash with Real Madrid with attention also turning to Bayern Munich's trip to Barcelona in the other Champions League semi-final.

19:15 Borussia Dortmund's players are currently getting to know the pitch inside the Santiago Bernabeu, just over 24 hours before the serious action commences. It should not be too strange a feeling, having already picked up a 2-2 draw there in the group stage.

18:59 With a wry smile, Klopp delivered a statement tinged with ambiguity, open for any interpretation, but undeniably correct: "Tomorrow, something historic will happen," he said. Just to make sure the Dortmund fans do not start doubting his belief, he added: "Borussia Dortmund want to reach the final with all our might." And that, he says, will be clear to the whole watching world.

18:55 Klopp does not only expect to hear the vociferous support of his fans inside the Santiago Bernabeu, but also to feel the support of the hundreds of thousands of fans back home, including the neutrals who are urging an all-Bundesliga final. "Many people will be following us in bars and households back home," he said. If you haven't decided where to follow the game yourself, remember you can follow our live coverage on

18:51 Take a look back at one of those "unforgettable moments" with's pictorial story of the first leg from last week here.

18:49 It will certainly be a big occasion for an estimated 8,000 Dortmund fans descending on the Spanish capital. "They're more used to the UEFA Europa League so being in this competition is very special," said Klopp "They are going to experience some unforgettable moments." As if they had not done already...

18:41 "Let's see what happens," says Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp with a smile to open up his pre-match press conference.

18:30 Real Madrid mega fan Antonio Castano aka Tonin el Torero is looking forward to a "magical night" in Madrid and the 3-0 result that would turn the tables on Dortmund and send Real to the final.

18:00 Real Madrid gained some much-needed momentum at the weekend with victory over city rivals Atletico. See how all four semi-finalists fared here.

17:20 After the disappointment of the first leg, Real Madrid club captain Sergio Ramos told journalists earlier today his side can't wait to take on Dortmund on Spanish soil. "We’re plotting our revenge," he warned. "We can hardly wait for the game [...] Our fans will be right behind us from the get-go."

17:05 While Borussia Dortmund are bidding to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League for only the second time in their history, Real Madrid have featured in the prestigious event on twelve previous occasions. However, BVB can take heart from the fact that only once in the competition's history have a side managed to overturn a 4-1 first-leg win. AC Milan were the team to suffer the heartbreaking defeat in the quarter finals during the 2003/04 campaign when Deportivo La Coruna won 4-0 on home soil to progress.

16:45: Borussia Dortmund have landed in Madrid ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. Ilkay Gündogan, who will be at the pre-match press conference in just under two hours time, and Lukasz Piszczek have both travelled with the squad after overcoming injuries. However, Piszczek will likely have to complete a late fitness test despite taking part in light training this week after suffering a slight tear in his adductor muscle.

16:20 After Saturday evening's encounter Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl turned his attention to Tuesday and believes the narrow win against the newly-promoted side has helped "boost our confidence ahead of Tuesday". However, the veteran midfielder, who was playing for Hannover 96 when BVB last reached the Champions League final, is well aware that the second-leg encounter with Real Madrid "will be extremely difficult".

16:00: Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp made ten changes to his side in Saturday evening's 2-1 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf (click here for extended highlights as Dortmund moved a step closer to securing second place in the Bundesliga).

15:50: have just received a picture from our reporter in Madrid of him meeting Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho keep your eyes on the gallery at the top of the article for proof!

15:30: Germany's 24-hour sports news channel Sky Sport News HD have been running promotional adverts ahead of the Champions League semi-finals. The slogan "Adios Amigos" is accompanied by a clip of a miserable matador who has been stuck with a Borussia Dortmund and an FC Bayern Munich flag. However, talking to BVB's official website, head coach Jürgen Klopp refused to get ahead of himself when it came to thoughts about the final in Wembley. "It won't be a walk in the park, but we've got to everything we can to make sure it isn't a walk in the park for our opponents," explained Klopp. "As a result we'll prepare ourselves accordingly."

15:00 Coming into the midweek fixtures Barcelona are the only Champions League semi-final side who failed to pick up three points on the weekend. The starting line-ups were much changed from the first legs, but click here for's comprehensive overview of how the sides fared in their domestic duties.

14:35: Ottmar Hitzfeld has won twice won the UEFA Champions League and is confident that there’s an all-German final on the cards. Specific to BVB, with whom he won the title in 1997, the 64-year-old believes they have what it takes to maintain their unbeaten record in the competition: “Dortmund came very close to winning in Madrid. I’m extremely optimistic.” Click here to read the former FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund head coach’s full interview.

14:15: Bayer 04 Leverkusen right-back Daniel Carvajal, a product of Real Madrid’s prestigious youth academy, called his former side the “favourites” before the first leg in Dortmund. Find out what the Spaniard had to say in full in this enlightening interview.

14:00:Real Madrid, who have failed to beat BVB in any of their three encounters at Europe’s top table this season, have been left somewhat shell-shocked by the first leg result. The Spaniards have responded by releasing an inspirational video, intended to act as a rallying cry to the supporters set to take their seats in the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

13:49: The Spanish international has echoed Mourinho’s thoughts on the situation Real Madrid find themselves in. “It's complicated for us, but if we want to be in the final we’ve got to defeat the best teams. We have to believe we can get back into it.” When asked about any issues with motivation though, Ramos was unwavering. “There is no bigger motivation than playing in a UEFA Champions League final. I've been here for eight years and never played in one. Nothing is more beautiful and we’re capable of doing the unthinkable.”

13:45: One of the main reasons Real Madrid have such "negative memories" is BVB striker Robert Lewandowski. "It's clear that he's a very good player," explains Ramos. "He scored four goals in the first leg."

13:42: “We've got negative memories of the first leg and we want to play well tomorrow. We know our fans will support us from the first minute. We know what we have to do and what went wrong in Dortmund,” says Ramos, who admits he knows that Real Madrid will be playing to their “limit”.

13:37: Mourinho admitted he had held Borussia Dortmund as "a candidate to win the competition since the beginning of the season", but Ramos is adament his side "want revenge" for the first leg defeat.

13:33 Asked about Dortmund's "dynamite attack", Ramos responds by saying that Real are "well aware that Dortmund are a quality side".

13:32 Next up on the podium is Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos...

13:31 Ahead of the first leg, Spanish football expert Paul Bryan believed keeping Ronaldo quiet would be the key for Borussia Dortmund. Though the UEFA Champions League’s top scorer did find the net during Real Madrid’s 4-1 loss in Dortmund, Jürgen Klopp’s youngsters certainly managed to slow him down and will most likely have a plan in place to do the same in the Spanish capital tomorrow.

13:29:Mourinho confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a minor thigh strain in time to face Borussia Dortmund: “Cristiano is okay!”

13:23: However, the Portuguese head coach hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet and knows his side are capable of turning things around in the second leg. “I’m staying as calm as ever. I know than everything can happen in football and I believe in miracles. We’ve to enjoy ourselves on the pitch, but we’re well aware we’re in a difficult situation. We’ve got to play minute by minute and goal by goal until the very last second of the match. I feel this is the most important match in ten years for Real Madrid, but I also felt that in Dortmund and we played as if it was a friendly."

13:15:Mourinho is handling the press conference with his usual swagger, but seems to be playing down his sides chances ahead of Tuesday evening’s encounter. “It's difficult to say what mathematical chance we've got. I've already said everything to my players. The most important thing was to discuss the mistakes we made in Dortmund."

13:00:Real Madrid’s press conference has just begun. Head coach Jose Mourinho and Spanish international Sergio Ramos are fielding the questions.

12:50:Robert Lewandowski’s four-goal salvo saw him deservedly steal all the headlines, but Borussia Dortmund’s team performance was a joy to behold and the perfect response to news of Mario Götze’s transfer to Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern Munich, in action on Wednesday. Speaking to bundesliga.comOttmar Hitzfeld described the youngster as one of the “top talents in German football”, but believes joining the record titleholders was a “logical step” for the 20-year-old.

12:35: The semi-final first legs could prove to be a turning point for German football in European competitions. Football fans the world over are sitting up and taking note of the Bundesliga’s achievements, which go far beyond their financial prudency and superb fan experience. One particular English newspaper even went as far as claiming that ‘Fussball’s coming home’. Click here to read all the reactions from Borussia Dortmund’s first leg demolition of Real Madrid.

12:15:Borussia Dortmund’s press conference is set to take place at 18:30 CET and head Jürgen Klopp will undoubtedly be in good spirits considering he gets to answer questions about BVB's commanding lead. After witnessing his side’s “worst Champions League performance” in the last-gasp 3-2 quarter final win over Malaga CF, the 45-year-old was over the moon after his side’s 4-1 home win against Jose Mourinho’s title-chasing charges.

Monday, 12:00 CET: Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage ahead of this week's massive UEFA Champions League semi-final second legs as Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich look to capitalise on emphatic first leg wins over real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona respectively.

First up to try and book their place in what could turn out to be an all-German final in London's Wembley Stadium on 25 May are Borussia Dortmund, the only unbeaten side left in this season’s competition. All the build-up to what promises to be a defining week of the 2012/13 campaign can be found right here with our LIVE updates...