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Wednesday 30 April
Thanks to all the fans for your great support! We'll come back stronger!— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) April 30, 2014
Not even FC Bayern München's Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky Thomas Müller could manage a post-match smile after yesterday’s loss which in his words “was a bitter pill to swallow”. bundesliga.com was there when the 24-year-old discussed the whys and wherefores of the holders’ Champions League exit - recap his analysis in this interview.
#Sammer: "Now we have to shake ourselves off, play well in our 2 remaining BL games and prepare for the cup final so we can win the title."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 30, 2014
FC Bayern’s “worst European home defeat” (DohaStadiumPlus) has of course also been a major subject in the media around the world. “Having previously never lost at home by more than two goals in Europe, Bayern saw their dreams of reaching a third consecutive Champions League final crushed in what chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dubbed a 'debacle'”, reports Qatar’s sports weekly. “Real Madrid carried out coach Carlo Ancelotti’s game plan to perfection,” comments the South China Morning Post.
Spain’s AS had no doubt Real “could not have imagined a better night, with so much to luxuriate in, even in their wildest dreams: a stunning display in Munich and a crushing win over Bayern. A necessary enemy: because only in their company can you calculate the size of a European feat. In this case, it was enormous." Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, meanwhile, commented: “Bayern suffer one of the most frustrating nights in the club’s history. They just couldn't find their usual dominance." Please click here to find our extensive press round-up.
And thanks to all the fans for your superb support, whether in the stadium or on Twitter. Even if it wasn't enough tonight, you are amazing!— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 29, 2014
Tuesday 29 April
Less than half an hour to go until tonight's semi-final second leg gets underway at the Allianz Arena. Don't forget to follow all the action on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker. We'll be back tomorrow with all the reaction from Bayern's clash with Real Madrid. Can Bayern reach a third consecutive UEFA Champions League final? We're about to find out...
The winners of tonight's semi-final will play either Atletico de Madrid or Chelsea FC in the final in Lisbon. The two sides meet at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge tomorrow, having drawn the first leg 0-0 in the Spanish capital last week. Bayern have faced both teams in European finals: They beat Atletico 4-0 in the final of the 1973/74 European cup in Brussels, but lost out to Chelsea on penalties in the ill-fated Finale dahoam in 2011/12.
Gareth Bale has promised Real won't sit back against Bayern on Tuesday, despite their 1-0 lead: "We will try and play good football. We aren't a team that just defends," Bale told the assembled media at the pre-match press conference in Munich. "We prefer to go and attack but we have to know how to defend tomorrow as well." The Welsh international has averaged a goal every other game since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur FC last summer, scoring 20 in 40 appearances in all competitions.
Sky Deutschland pundit and former Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder is also backing Bayern to reach the final on 24 May. "If Bayern perform like they can, they can beat Real," said the 33-year-old. "Real Madrid will be relying on their defensive qualities and I'm not entirely sure how good they are at that. I saw the quarter-final second leg against Dortmund - they didn't play well at all in that game."
Former Real Madrid centre-back Manuel Sanchis feels Madrid have to score tonight to stand any chance of reaching the final in the Portuguese capital. "Let's not forget how long 90 minutes can be," said the 48-year-old, who made over 700 appearances for Real and now works for Spain's state TV channel TVE. "Real must not forget that they have got to score in Munich because if they just defend, things can soon get very messy." Click here to find out what else Sanchis had to say ahead of the game.
Don't forget to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview of tonight's semi-final second leg at the Allianz Arena. Pep Guardiola said at Monday's pre-match press conference that he's thought a lot about Bayern's tactics, but what changes might the Spaniard be pondering ahead of the game in Munich?
If Bayern do manage to overturn their 1-0 deficit tonight, they will have qualified for their third consecutive Champions League final. The last team to have reached three successive finals were Italian giants Juventus in the late 90s (The Turin-based club were beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the 1996/97 final at Munich's Olympiastadion). In case you needed reminding, no team has successfully defended the UEFA Champions League.
Wales international Gareth Bale is expected to start at the Allianz Arena tonight. Bale, 24, began last week's encounter in Madrid on the bench after suffering from the flu. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are likely to join Bale in Madrid's three-pronged attack after recovering from hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Bayern, meanwhile, will recall Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben, who were both rested for Saturday's 5-2 victory over SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
They may be 1-0 behind going into tonight's second leg, but Pep Guardiola's side can take heart from their home record against the Spanish giants. Real have never beaten Bayern in Munich, losing nine and drawing one of their ten encounters on German soil to date. You also have to go back to the 2001/02 season for Madrid's last victory against FCB over two legs: Twelve years ago, goals from Ivan Helguera and Guti helped Real overturn a 2-1 deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu and advance to the semi-finals.
The game is sure to be followed by millions around the globe. “History is on the Germans' side,” says American TV network GolTV. “Bayern München plan on making home advantage count against a Real Madrid side they have never lost to at home." North Atlantic news network SB Nation also looks back at both Bayern’s 7-0 aggregate win against FC Barcelona last season and their previous meeting with Real in 2011/12, where Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern went through on penalties, remembering “a brilliant performance in which no one could get the ball off Toni Kroos.”
A total of 22 of the world’s finest players will walk out in the Allianz Arena tonight for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2013/14 football calendar, but which one(s) will make the decisive contributions? Can Philipp Lahm stop Cristiano Ronaldo? Will former Bayer 04 Leverkusen right-back Daniel Carvajal successfully shackle UEFA Best Player in Europe 2012/13 Franck Ribery? We have identified the individual clashes that could prove pivotal in Munich...
Despite trailing by one goal going into the return leg, FC Bayern defender Dante does not doubt in the slightest that the defending champions have every chance of overcoming the Spanish giants. "We have what it takes to beat a side of Real Madrid’s quality, everyone knows that,” the Brazil centre-back told bundesliga.com. “Even if they score, we can still score three goals against them. We’ll have to be more efficient though and make better use of our chances than we did in the first leg.”
Having played for both Bayern and Real, Germany legend Paul Breitner’s take on tonight’s game is surely one to take note of. “Bayern are far superior when at their best,” said the 62-year-old to bundesliga.com. “It will be key for them to get into their stride and maintain their intensity over the full 90 minutes, which they were unable to do in Madrid unfortunately.”
A keen observer of Spanish football and currently living in Madrid, few can offer a better inside view of Spanish giants Real Madrid than football journalist Paul Bryan. Bryan explained exclusively to bundesliga.com that progression for Madrid will be pivotal not only in their quest to end their twelve-year drought in the Champions League but also since coach Carlo Ancelotti is already facing a crucial moment in his Real career tonight.
“Aggression” will be the key to another Champions League final ticket for Bayern München, says head coach Pep Guardiola, who himself is bidding to reach his third final as a coach. Read what else the 43-year-old had to say about the meeting between the Reds and Spanish champions Real Madrid in our exclusive match preview.